Planning your career is a long detailed procedure and involves a lot of preparation, research and self assessment. Whether you are pursuing a career in the field that you’ve graduated in or trying to choose from a wider pool of opportunities it is really important to have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Only then it will be easier to plan all the intermediate steps to reach your goal.
We have compiled a set of tips and hints that can help you prepare a personal plan and kick-start your career. Our approach is very simple and focuses on really supporting graduates through the early stages of their career. We promote graduates with the right attitude and then equip them to really succeed in today's demanding business world.
Identify your skills, interests and motivations and link them to your studies and career prospects. Be honest with yourself and have a realistic approach when applying for jobs. Targeting high is a driving force but combined with realism can lead to a winning formula.
The knowledge and skills you’ve gained through your studies are a good starting point. Don’t hesitate to recognise your weak points since this is the first step to improve them. Set up objectives and analyse all the steps you have to follow in order to reach these objectives. When you have a clear (or as clear as possible) picture of what you really want and where you’re heading then it’s easier to communicate this to the employers.
Try to build a network of contacts that share interests and are probably working or looking for a similar job. Your university is the best place to start since most of your colleagues will have similar interests. Social media is another popular way of keeping contact with most of your peers and is an area that is growing with unprecedented pace. As university alumni you can also benefit from all the events that are periodically organised.
Learning & Evolving
Keeping up with current technologies, market news and latest trends can help you place yourself better and make the difference in the crowd. Learning about the industry that you are looking to work in shows genuine interest and intellectual curiosity. Employers are willing to invest in new ideas and individuals that are passionate and are driven by quality and results.
Blogging (whether you read or write) is usually a very good source of news and information about a particular subject that you and your peers are interested in. Since information channels are now days plenty, finding the news that you really are interested in won’t be a problem. Enhancing your knowledge will help you improve your career and also find and explore new ideas.