As a recent graduate, I have been thrown into the uncertainty that comes with it, unemployment. I find myself part of a generation of students that enter the working world debt-burdened and scrambling for a barista job just to pay the bills. As a result, we realize the jobs our degree is supposed to bring are either out of reach or no longer appealing.
What to do Now?
Having accepted that piece of paper and tossed that hat with a sense of freedom and expectation, there might come a moment when the reality of the situation sinks in. Suddenly you realize, the dream graduate job doesn’t exist, your parents will no longer fund drunken exploits and dietary requirements of chicken and mushroom pop noodle. This may leave some wondering, what do I do next? Don’t panic! I have a solution, allowing you to progress toward a career that is both satisfying and enjoyable.
6 steps to help you find a career
1. It’s normal
You’re not the first nor the last to feel confused and lost after graduation. In order to find the path to your dream career, try working in different fields, intern, volunteer and do A LOT of research.
2. Figure out strengths and weaknesses
Seriously ask yourself, what skills do I possess? What do I need to learn? What are my strongest attributes? What can I work on improving? This self-realization helps identify your strengths, providing career direction.
3. Determine interests
During your years of education, figure out what topics made you excited and held your interest. Also ask yourself if you preferred large lectures or smaller more intimate classes? Did you prefer group projects or individual assignments? Understanding these areas will indicate the type of company you would be best suited.
4. Be realistic
It is important to be realistic with what you can offer to the job market. You have to realize your experience and skill level. You will not be able to get a job as a senior software engineer without the knowledge and experience.
Learn about various industries by meeting people that work in it. Communication is key here, ask questions to those in your life, like professors, friends and family members. It is important to absorb the offered information and decide whether this route could lead to personal success.
The final step and arguably the most important: What drives you? Figure out if you are driven by money or passion. If its passion, find a career path that matches it. However, if you are driven by financial gains you will find fulfillment in a well-paying career.
Follow these steps and you will be on your way to determining your career path and making a salary!
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This post was written by Matthew Goodlad, Intern at Red Executive.