Three Things New College Graduates Should Know About The Working World.
It’s one of the most intimidating feelings in the world: you’ve just graduated college, you have your degree, and yet you have no idea how to employ yourself.
If you’re like most college students in many countries, you are probably deep in debt due to your education. You might be panicking, because with all that academic knowledge, you didn’t actually learn a lot about what to do in the working world.
Don’t worry – almost every college graduate goes through this phase, and there is so much help available. As you’re starting your way out weeding through the working world to find a professional, consider the following three tips to help you get through:
It’s all about the soft skills
This is something that is absolutely not emphasized enough throughout high school or even college: soft skills are more important than you’ll ever give them credit for. What are soft skills? Think communication, professionalism, leadership and general people skills. It’s the kind of thing that will make your stand out in a job interview.
While you’ll likely be able to find a position with or without great soft skills, having good people skills is what will make you stand out for the next proposition in the workplace. Or, if you’re looking for a more independent career, these are the kind of skills that will help people take you seriously as a professional.
If you don’t feel like you have these kind of soft skills, don’t worry. There are tools at your disposal. One of the most powerful organizations that teaches soft skills is an organization called Toastmasters, which centers itself on public speaking and professionalism. Join this club, and you’ll have a competitive edge that most of your peers won’t!
You have to learn to sell your experience
One of the toughest things for college graduates is convincing a potential employer or client through a resume or application that you have the experience necessary to do a job. It’s a vicious cycle; an employer wants someone with experience, but you have to have experience to get hired to gain more experience.
The key is to learn how to sell yourself. For example, if you have been involved with an organization on your schools campus, be sure and mention that on your resume.
Detail any kind of management action you took with the club, such as planning group travel, coordinating a social, or even running an awareness campaign for the group. You should also talk about these kinds of experiences in your job interview. Chances are, you have more experience than you give yourself credit for!
Don’t get sucked into the wrong path
The big thing to remember during your post-graduate job search is that you’re looking for a job that will make you happy. Extra money is not worth stress and hating your working life. Make sure you follow a career path that makes you happy, stay vigilant, and success will follow.
Interim career may be a career path for many graduates as they leave education slightly un-decided or unprepared. There is great deal of help available from students career counsel and independent organisations, be sure to find what you need and ask for help.
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