Sunday, May 27, 2012

Your guide to finding a career after college

For some post-college career seekers, it is hard to find a suitable and comfortable job. As they have no previous experiences, they need a guide to follow in order to get off on the right foot. That is why there are some questions that need to be answered as a starting step: How to find a career after college? What is meant by finding a career that suits you? How to find your career interest? What should your career goals be?

How to find a career after college?
First, you have to look for the types of available jobs on the internet as well as the newspapers to see what attracts your attention the most. Then you have to write a well-written resume. At this point, you should seek the advice from those who have previous experiences like a friend of yours, your parents or your professors. Otherwise you may get in touch with a certified career counsellor to help you through the whole process. Once you find suitable jobs and prepare a good resume, start sending dozens and dozens of resumes to various employers. In this case, trying to find a job is just like playing the lottery. You have to be patient and hopeful till you will finally win and find a career after college.

What is meant by finding a career that suits you?
Having a career is not just about getting a pay-check at the end of the month. Your skills as well as your personality and aspirations should match the needs of the job. Therefore, before applying to any job you should make a list of your skills, a list of things you love doing and can do, and a list of things you can do but do not love doing. All of things techniques will starts giving you hints and ideas about finding a career that suits you best.

How to find your career interest?
To answer this question, you have to take professional tests to find out what are you really into, and what are you capable of. These types of tests can mostly be found on the internet especially on well-know web sites. Alternatively, you should ask yourself questions like: What do you do in your spare time? What did you want to be when you were a child? What hours are you prepared to work? What do you want to use in your job(writing, speech, analysing, leading, negotiating, teaching, cooperating, computing, languages, investigating...)? Then you will know what are your career interests.

What should your career goals be?
This is considered to be a very typical question asked by all employers. Therefore, you should clarify all of your career goals to yourself so you will be prepared during potential interviews. The first thing you should know is that normally there should be two types of career goals: short-term career goals and long-term career goals. They also depend on how many years of experience do you have? Here are some examples:
  • Short-term career goals: get a challenging and innovative job, learn more and grow professionally, build a stronger resume, etc...
  • Long-term career goals: achieve the highest position in the company, improve one's knowledge and gain more experience, develop oneself in leadership areas, etc...

By following these steps and tips about finding a career after college, all post-college career seekers will build for themselves the right and most suitable career path. And by time and experience they will improve their professional lives in terms of skills, competence, finance, experience, etc...

Written by: Nada Mrabet

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