How a Student Can Start a Career
The article will focus on the beginning of a career – the first 3 years of work.
Why precisely three years? During this period, you can understand whether you like your chosen profession and field or not. You can get solid skills and knowledge, achieve objective success, raise your salary, and grow in the position.
Three years is an easy time to plan. Simultaneously, in three years, it is easy for a student and graduate to start a career and become a “medium-level” specialist.
Choose an interesting case.
Professionals get paid everywhere, in every niche. The question is how to become a pro. It is almost impossible without interest and love for business. When it is interesting to work, the headwork’s to the fullest, and fresh ideas come, the working day is productive. Passion for your work gives strength to continue after failures that will indeed happen.
For Example. I remember one consultation – I talked with an accountant. The woman wanted to move to the United Kingdom and, for a long time, could not find a job. I asked what kind of work she would like to see what she wants. I don’t remember the quote, but the answer was in style: “I don’t like anything in accounting. Everywhere you rake the same shit and clean up after everyone. All work is the same. “
Not surprisingly, she was out of work for a long time.
If you are not interested, feel free to change jobs.
If you are a student, it is easy for you to jump from place to place. If you begin to realize that the company is “not the right one,” you are greatly underestimated, or you do not like your profession – look for another matter. You won’t spoil your resume and your reputation too.
The easiest way for a graduate or student to build a career is to do an exciting job and do what is easy.
Focus on skills
The first three years of a career are developing skills, gaining knowledge, and forming a professional outlook. If you are attentive and responsible, you can grow dramatically.
Skills can be divided into highly specialized (accounting, electronics repair, painting, massage, etc.) and general (negotiation, written communication, the ability to conclude incidents, time management, and so on). You will have to improve in everything.
However, it is better to prioritize narrow skills – it is more valuable for a graduate and a student at the beginning of their careers.
Lack of communication will not harm a good accountant. But sociability won’t help a lousy accountant.
Expert or Manager?
As a rule, specialists grow in depth or upward (there is a third caste of those who do not grow anywhere, but we will not say anything about them).
- Up is the path to bosses and top managers. For example, a doctor may become the director of a medical center many years later.
- Deep down is the path to experts. For example, a doctor can grow to a serious, rare, and highly paid specialist; have their patents, scientific works, and a community name.
Think about who you would like to become in 10 years – an expert or a manager? In the future, you can “try on” different positions, change your mind several times, but now try to feel where you want more.
Mubeen Arshad, my long-time colleague, was an internet marketer and successfully promoted websites for 2-3 years. For this reason, the management promoted him to the head of the department. A year later, Mubeen Arshad left this place. He said that he was sick of looking for employees, interviewing, planning, shoveling subordinates, and going to meetings. He has almost no time left for Internet projects. As a result, he became a marketer again and never regretted it.
Use all resources to find a job.
There are more opportunities than meets the eye.
- Job search sites. Search for vacancies, subscribe to updates, and quickly respond to fresh vacancies.
- Acquaintances and friends. Tell your friends that you are looking for a job. Write about it on social networks and ask your friends to repost the message. If you are approached, consider that you have already been invited for an interview. They trust the recommendations of friends.
- Help from your university. The university can provide recommendations or a list of companies where you can make a “special” offer.
- Labor fairs like conferences. This is convenient because you can talk to HR specialists in person and ask questions.
- Social networks. Find groups where vacancies in your area are published and stay tuned.
- Direct job search. The bottom line is simple – look for the companies you want to work, and call and write there. This method works well, but it is for the brave, as you have to sell yourself actively.
The main thing is to find a good first job. The starting task is to acquire skills and grow professionally.