Category: Career Advice
Created on Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
Written by Winston Wong
Cert in hand, you have finally graduated from the academic life. But what now? If you are feeling a little lost in your future like many of your friends would feel too, here are seven simple tips to finding the perfect career path for you.
Identify your Passions
What's the top three things you get excited talking about or finding out? It could be the simplest and most common things like food and travel. Which section do you usually look out for in newspapers? What kind of magazines do you read? What do you write about on your blog if you do have one. Identify your Motivations
What gives you that extra boost when you are feeling down and out, weary at work or during long school projects? Is it the sense of satisfaction from completing that project? Or does doing good old volunteer work drives you? Identify your Strengths
Know what you are good at and you will also know which field or jobscope you are destined for. Great at managing your teammates or coordinating projects? Perhaps you have good leadership skills and should go for managerial roles. Great at specific skills such as drawing or dance? Then perhaps you could consider the performing arts industry. The Battle Plan
Even the top of each field should have something to show for their work. Everyone should have a regularly updated resume they could forward at request.
Next, research companies you will be interested in working at in accordance to your passions, motivations and strengths. Decide whether you would like to work full-time, part-time or freelance before entering fully. What kind of salary are you looking at? What is the path of job progression you would wish to attain?
Also, read up on interview techniques and common questions which you should prepare answers for before applying. Build your Network
Get to know people in the industry you wish to be in through sites like Linkedin or trade conferences. If you have ever interned in a relevant company, meet up with your old colleagues, don't be afraid to let them know you are looking at working in the same field and ask them for advice as well as find out their experience. Gain Experience
If not, gain experience for yourself through part-time work, internships or freelance assignments for an insight into the industry before jumping right in. These are good for your resume as well! You might also like: Four Common Obstacles to your Dream Job
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