Life after University is getting closer. Here are a few things to consider before getting started with career planning.
ASK YOURSELF SOME QUESTIONS FIRST:
What are the key skills that you gained through your degree? What are you good at? What are your career goals? Personal development goals? Do you want job passion? Or money? From here, create your career action plan.
You will have to research the career options available to you in your field of study. Read the job descriptions and required qualifications for each position. Look before you leap; job satisfaction is important, and you don’t want to waste your time applying for jobs you are not qualified for.
Now it is time to get your cover letter and resume up to date. Tailor them to fit each position for which you are applying. Include skills and key words mentioned in the job posting. This is a time consuming process indeed. A great cover letter and resume will allow you to stand out. Remember your fellow alum are also searching for jobs.
As mentioned, job hunting is an unavoidable, necessary evil. Dive into newspapers, ads, job sites, social media pages, and network through friends and family. Happy hunting.
Hooray! You landed an interview! Now what? Before heading into an interview, research the company, and know the specifics of the position you applied for. During the interview, make sure to engage the interviewer by asking questions. Interviews provide practice if nothing else. Rejection is inevitable in this process. On to the next one.
BE OPEN TO OPTIONS:
Wait! It will be so enticing to accept the first job offer you receive. Don’t sell yourself short. Make sure this position allows for job satisfaction, will enable you to attain your career goals, and pay the bills each month.
START AT THE BOTTOM:
Now you are here; the newest member of the team. You will most likely work your way from the ground up. Short term pain for long term gain. Focus on career development, and dive into any training opportunities that come your way. It will be worth it!