Entering a labor market for the first time can be overwhelming. There is too much to expect, and a lot of hopes and dreams. It’s a new life, new challenges. For new graduates, It is a transition from a student life to an independent adulthood. What can they do to prepare for this transition?
Follows are some of the best advice for new graduates.
1. See the possibility of who you could become
With the qualification you have, think of the possibilities where you can end up or want to end up in the industry. Most graduates are not sure what exactly they want to be at the top of their career ladder. If you are not sure or couldn’t decide yet, it’s okay. Just keep the options open. Bear in mind of a few possibilities. Just apply for the jobs you are qualified for. As you progress and gain experience, your potential and preferences become clear. Then put more effort on that.
2. Experience first, salary second
When searching for a job, look for a job that can potentially give you a lot of experience. Make some research on the job available in the market and the company offering them as well. Find out what are the job specifications and what the company do. If you are an Information Technology graduate and you want to be an expert in software development, then apply for a job as a programmer or software developer in companies where their primary products are software. A post as an IT Executive in a bank will not give you much experience in the field you are interested in. As someone fresh in the industry, make experience your priority over amount of salary. If being offered, select the job that potentially gives you a lot of experience even though the salary is not the highest among being offered.
3. Love what you do
While it is true that you are at your best when you are doing what you love or passionate about, sometimes without experience it just doesn’t work. In the event of economic downturn, you can’t afford to be choosy. Just grab any opportunity that comes by. Learn to love what you do. Be creative and take the initiative to learn more about your job. The experience gained may not what you really want but somehow you’ll never know it would be a treasure later in your life or it may open your eyes about life itself.
4. Keep on learning
A good attitude to be possessed by someone new in an environment is to be willing to learn. Always see someone who has been there quite sometime as your teacher. There are always something that you can learn from them. Show your interest. Build up your knowledge. Do some readings and research on your own. At the same time learn from your mistakes.
5. Be persistent
Persistent is what that gets you to where you want. Sometimes it can be frustrating and hopeless when all you see is failure. Your dream job seems to be just a fantasy. But just think about reality. In reality nobody gets all what they wanted. All you can do is turn every opportunity and obstacle to your advantage. Be persistent. Nobody can do it for you except you yourself. Make it happen. Your job may not be the job you dream of but at least you have make the best out of it.
6. Be independent and take your own initiative
One big problem of most new graduates employed today is lack of initiative. They are so used to their student life, almost everything is provided, from learning materials, books, learning facilities to question solutions all are there to be grabbed. They need a mindset shift. If you don’t know how to solve a problem, find books or search over the internet for the solution. Do some trial and error if you are working on a software program. Find your own solution before you go to your superior. There is nothing wrong for seeking help from your superior, but asking too much can irritate them as they have other works to complete as well. They are not your lecturer who are dedicated to help you with your learning. Be independent and take all the initiative you can. Impress you superior for your capabilities working with minimum supervision.
Above all, always remember that you are someone new in your workplace as well as in the industry. Literally you are a beginner. Therefore, take all the chances you can to progress to the next level.