One of the hardest aspects to job searching as a graduate is choosing the right job to start your career. One job takes you one down one path and another takes you down another path. Which position is right? Where will you end up?
Through my post-grad job searching I’ve struggled with the idea that the first job that is offered to me might not be the position I accept. The job market is difficult and I know that other graduates feel the same way. It can be a really scary proposition to turn down a perfectly good post-grad position. You can feel that this is it, that no-one else is going to offer you another position. That if you don’t take the first offer, you’ll be stuck in your part-time hospitality/retail job for the next year!
Here is the thing though – You. Need. To. Back. Yourself.
Here are some tips to work out how to choose the right post-grad job:
- Use a mind map or a vision board to help you decide on the where you want your career to be five and ten years from now. Most of us won’t know exactly where, if you do, lucky you! However, it will be hugely helpful to narrow down the industry, the field or the type of work that you want.
- The next step is to talk to people in those positions (use twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn) to find out what skills sets they need for their job. Ask them what they recommend for a post-grad position to head you in the right direction.
- Offer to intern in positions that have the skill-set that you need to follow your career path.
- Lastly, have fun with the process and don’t beat yourself up if it is taking a while. Remember, you are choosing to forge a career path – not just accepting any old post-grad position!
Here is an example of my process:
- I completed a bachelor of commerce and majored in marketing and PR. I used a mind map to decide that I wanted to work not only in PR but specifically in Reputation, Issue and Crisis Management. A very specific area.
- I connected with some very helpful people in that specific area. This has not only helped me address what skills I need and fix up my resume, but it has created some great connections in my desired field.
- I turned down a (potential) Account Executive position in the sales team in a really great company!
- I have accepted an internship at Daymark PR, an agency that specialises in reputation and issues management. I start this today and I am soooo super excited!!
If you want to check out Daymark PR you can find them here.
Finally, if you have any questions on how to get started, how to connect with people through Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, or if you just want to chat; then leave a comment below – I’m always happy to help.