Graduating from college is a grand achievement and an optimistic moment. However, it means you are getting into the dog-eat-dog sphere of job searching. The corporate arena can be a difficult place to maneuver and few sail through smoothly. For some people, the process of looking for a job and fitting into the professional world will be a breeze, especially if you have prior experience working in different surroundings and settings.
Choosing Between Careers
Most college graduates are not sure of the career path they want to pursue. It is not uncommon today to see an engineering graduate become a successful marketing executive or an education graduate making it big as a sales representative. While some students are sure from the onset of their job-hunting journey, majority of students are open to any opportunity that comes their way. The average worker, according to a report published in Forbes Magazine, will have 15 to 20 jobs over the course of their career period. It is, therefore, for most graduates, of little importance what job they start with. Having a well-defined vision is critical, and it helps you define a path from where you start to where you want to end up.
Finding a Job
A sluggish economy and rising rates of unemployment are just but a few things a graduate does not want to hear. Unfortunately, it is the situation that most graduates find themselves facing as they begin to make applications. The best way to increase your chances of finding a job is to network, volunteer for internship as you wait, and enroll the services of employment agents. The biggest challenge will be keeping your confidence and hope up, but remember patience always pays.
Lack of Experience
Lack of real life experience makes it difficult for graduates to negotiate with employers, budget the little finances they have to find a job, and keep their cool when all odds seem to be against them. It also leads to unrealistic expectations that result in despondency when things appear to go south. The key advice is to seek experience by volunteering in any corporate setting and having a mentor to walk you through the job-seeking escapades.
Dealing with Failure
How people respond to your on your first days of work is essential in boosting your confidence. The first impression you create influences the response and perception people have of you. You need to learn how to deal with good and bad colleagues, supervisors and employers. It is a good idea to create a rapport with someone in the organization you can trust to show you the ropes as you begin a new life. But, just like any other life journey, there is a chance that you will succeed or make major mistakes. The trick is to learn how to learn from your mistakes while celebrating your achievements. With unemployment rates reaching a high of 28 percent between 2010 and 2014 in some parts of the world, downsizing, layoffs and being fired are not a far-fetched possibility. Prepare for any eventualities by staying up to date on your new job through training and networking with people in other industries.
Most well-paying jobs require a graduate school degree. A majority of graduates are, therefore, torn between taking a job below their expectation and pursuing further education for better opportunities. Some of the things to consider include your finances, availability and support from family or your new employer. If you do not have any of them, you can give yourself a period to work and join graduate school later.
Finally, not all challenges are familiar to every graduate. You might experience barriers that are unique to you, which require personalized solutions. It helps to have a solid career plan before you graduate and work on your capability to apply and seat for interviews on the kind of job you want. For some people, this kind of clarity will come later in life, which is acceptable.
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