Getting your diploma is one of your greatest dreams back in the days. The joy of having your own degree is one of a kind. After years of hard work and perseverance, finally, you are now a college graduate. But as we all know college graduation is just a beginning of something bigger, a new stage of your life that is very challenging yet excitingly, that thing we called employment.
Jumping into the reality of life after a 4-or-5-year course is a little bit challenging. No school allowance, no professors and no day to day school lectures. So you better be prepared for this next chapter of your life.
Here are some of the useful tips for you as a fresh graduate:
1. Find a Company that can give you growth
I know most of the new graduates are looking for a high paying job right after graduation. It’s pretty understandable, especially for those people who’ve experienced financial problems when they’re studying. But if you’re looking for long-term goals, you should consider companies that can offer you career growth.
Your first job can be the most critical stage of your career. It may dictate the flow of your career, make sure that your first job can give you sufficient learnings and experiences. Don’t settle for 8 am to 5 pm job that you have the same responsibilities every day, these jobs may be easy but it can never give you enough career growth.
A good salary will definitely follow when you have a good skill set and experiences. You can take the early sufferings if it can bring you growth and if it is the right path.
2. Create a good resume
A good resume is your best ticket for Job Interview, investing time in creating a well-detailed resume is necessary when you’re a fresh graduate.
Company Hiring managers often get hundreds of resume every day, make sure your resume is worth their time seeing. The unprofessional, confusing, and not well-designed resume might get straight to the trash bin of the HR Department.
Make it 1-2 pager resume only so that HR [officer] can give a quick view of your information, make it clean as possible do not include unnecessary information. With fonts use a professional looking and neat font-family and use 12 or 13 font sizes. You can use this resume templates online for your professional resume.
As a first-time applicant, emphasize your current skillset, list down skills that you think highly recommended for the position. It is the first thing that HR [officer] needs to know aside for your education.
Lastly, make sure that your resume has your updated email and mobile number. Employers will need it once you have passed your interview.
You can read useful tips about creating a good professional resume here.
3. Don’t rush
Experiencing pressure after graduation is normal. Seeing your batchmates having their good paying first job and updating their social media with their first job detail while you’re still searching for your very first job is devastating. Your relatives asking numerous times if you already have a job is irritating.
Don’t let these circumstances affect your job choices. Some fresh graduates rushing to get employed because of the pressure from people around them. The possibility is they will grab any job opportunity available even if it’s not their preferred job and even if they don’t even like the job position just to become employed.
It can destroy your dream career path and even kill your career growth. Take time to analyze all job before applying. We all have different timelines, do not compare your time to others time.
4. Be a good researcher
You’re a beginner. You have minimal knowledge about the field you’re taking. The chance that you can make mistakes is very high every time. To avoid it, do the research. Researching skill is a must-have when you’re a fresh graduate.
It can save you. Learn how to research well.
5. Get out of your comfort zone
It’s pretty normal that you have doubt in your skills when you’re getting started. But don’t let these fears stop you from taking yourself to another level. Most of the college graduate afraid to take risks. It’s maybe true that you’re not experienced enough for the job you’re dreaming of.
But remember that even the best employees in the industry right now are once a beginner. The only difference is that they’d conquer their fears when they’re starting.
“Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.” Sarah Parish
Just keep in mind that if you’ll never grow until you go out of your comfort zone.
6. Find a mentor
Being a fresh graduate is just like being a rookie to any sport.
You need an adviser, a mentor. Ask for advice, consider the words of wisdom from people who have proven themselves to the industry you want to take.
You can consider your parents as your first mentors for your career. They can guide you based on their experience in employment. And if you’re fortunate you will have a senior/manager that can shape you well for a better you.
But remember not all pieces of advice are good. You must filter it based on what is most applicable to your career improvement.
7. Don’t be afraid to commit mistakes
Unlike in school, there is a lesson and discussion before a test or quiz, but in real life, the test comes first before the lesson. So be prepared to commit a lot of mistakes when you were starting your career. Mistakes will be part of your daily basis, but don’t let this mistake conquer your career, make these mistakes a stepping stone to make yourself better every time.
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore
8. Be a better person every day
Lastly, be a better person of yourself every day. Make sure you learn something new every work day. Read a lot, listen to experts, watch useful tutorials online. Challenge yourself to be a better version of yourself.
“Every job is an opportunity to be a better person.” – Benjamin Walker
Article by: Jae-Mar Medina Arenque for Iskolar Creatives
Copyright © 2019. Iskolar Creatives | All rights reserved.