The very thought of having a career straight out of college can be an intimidating one. If you happen to be confused, do not fret, because you are not the only one. We have all been through the stage, where we have been fresh graduates, and knew very little about the job world. It is pretty obvious that you will have many questions and apprehensions at the stage that you are in. All of us have needed career advice and so do you.
Here are a few useful career tips for you:
Find out what interests you
This must be done, not after graduation but after tenth standard. There must be a particular subject that you like. You should always try to go ahead with the subject that you are naturally inclined to. Otherwise, you career may become burdensome. On the other hand, if you do what you like, your life will be much easier. There are several career options in India; still a loveable job is not something that everyone is blessed with.
Do not be very choosy
Yes, it is understandable that you are fresh out of college, and you don't really know which employer to trust. But, that does not mean that you should be very choosy about the companies you want to work for. Remember that you are a fresher, and all that you have got is only a degree. So, it is quite obvious that you won't be getting the best positions in companies. Instead, most companies will choose to hire you as a trainee or as an intern in return of a small amount of remuneration. You should never let go of these offers because they will add up to your experience; and the more experienced you are, the better jobs you can get.
Do not be apprehensive about changing your first company
People often feel scared or unhappy about changing their first job. But, you should not let such feelings rule your mind, as that will make your career stagnant. A new job brings along new opportunities and of course, a new and better salary package. It helps you discover your strengths and aids you in reaching your career goals.
Make sure that you keep learning
Learning is something that does not stop with the end of your academic life. If you are serious about having a successful career, you have to keep on learning as much as you can, thus, adding to your skills. As your skills develop, so does your career.
Have a professional attitude
Making a transition from the care-free days of college to the professional corporate world can be difficult; nonetheless, it is an absolute must. You need to be professional at your workplace right from the very first day.
Set goals for 2, 5 and 10 years
Just like travelling without a destination is of no use, similarly, working without goals takes you nowhere. Having goals help you streamline your path of career. However, do not be rigid about these goals; it will lead to undue stress and depression.
Do not shy away from challenges
The best period to take risks in your career is during your initial years as a professional. This is because, during this time, you do not have much to lose. Neither do you have a reputation to protect nor huge responsibilities to shoulder. So, take risks and explore new dimensions; you never know, you may come across something really exciting.
Try to develop connections in your workplace. Stay in touch with your colleagues even after leaving the job. You never know from where an opportunity crops up. As a fresher, all that you need to have is the willingness to work hard and the determination to succeed. Once you are firm about the fact that you want to do something to earn a living and lead a life of dignity, half the battle is won.
The writer is a career counsellor
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