The graduation day of any candidate is usually a memorable event. It marks the moment when you are considered ready to face and conquer the world. You have great expectations of life after this. After the celebrations are over, you are left with deliberations and the main question is ‘What next?’ It is time to put your thinking cap on after taking off the graduation cap. The following are some of the things you could help you find your footing when starting your career.
Active job search
You should be constantly looking for opportunities that interest you and offer you a chance to apply your knowledge and also grow your skills. Sign up to sites like Brighter Monday so as to receive email alerts. Knowing about such opportunities is not enough. Make sure that you apply as soon as possible and send in your impressive CV and application letter.
There are internships available in various companies. These run between 3 to 6 months. An internship is a great chance to get into a company and hopefully get a better opportunity such as contract jobs or permanent positions. When you get an internship, do not take it as a short term thing. Go and make an impression and prove to the company that you are a valuable asset that they should consider having for a longer term.
Management Trainee Programs
Various companies in the production or finance sector have Management Trainee Program openings yearly. These companies specify that one should have graduated within the last 2-3 years. Be on the lookout for such opportunities and be sure to stand out from all the graduates that they have to consider. Preparation is key as you have to pass various stages such as online tests, phone interviews and group assessments.
Joining voluntary programs is yet another thing that you may do after graduating. This is far much better than having a blank gap in your CV. Build your experience and the money will follow later. It also gives you an edge as some companies are also interested in the social work or voluntary work that an individual has done, apart from their academic excellence and experience.
If you have a skill such as video production, writing or culinary skills, you could start off by doing freelance work as you search for opportunities where you may apply your skills and knowledge. With freelance work, you are also able to know your strengths and weaknesses, as well as building your experience.
Mentorship is important. You need guidance as you start out your career. Find a committed mentor who will be able to give their time and advice to you. As they have been in your position at some point of their life, they will be able to give you valuable advice on what to do or what not to do. Quoted by Shawn Hitchcock, a mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.
As you have been welcomed into the ‘outside world’, do get out frequently. Attend conferences, professional talks and network with people. Such events have professional in different fields who offer great advice. Be sure to build lasting contacts. It has been said over and over again that your network is net worth and thus, the importance of networking can never be emphasized enough.
So, congratulations on your graduation. Now, get ready to face the world, put your best foot forward and make strides in your career by following the above steps.