Want to get the best job and career path possible? If you are still a student, there are several suggestions. [If you are currently working, some of these suggestions apply to you too.]
According to Tim Green, writing for The Conversation, here are 10 tips to help students become more employable:
- Get involved in university life — “Besides meeting new people you can learn new skills, particularly if you are involved in organizing events or take on a leadership role in the society.”
- Ask career services for professional advice — “Many people wait until they have nearly finished their courses, but it is better if you can work with it [career services] from your first year. It can help you choose a suitable career and advise what employers are looking for in a new recruit. Make sure you get advice on your resume and attend a session to practice your interview skills.”
- Keep a record — “You will have a record of your grades but you also need to be able to tell employers the skills you have developed and how you use them.”
- Get good grades — “While high grades aren’t everything, many organizations still ask for your GPA.”
- Volunteering — “Companies like employing people who have given their time for free as it shows you are prepared to help others to try to make a difference. If you don’t have time to volunteer every week you may be able to help out on a special project.”
- Work experience — “Many students work part-time, and gaining work experience as part of your degree really improves your employment opportunities. Whether it is a short internship or a 12-month sandwich placement you will be gaining hands-on, practical experience.”
- Networking — “It’s not what you know it’s who you know. Attend careers fairs and company presentations to speak to the people involved in recruiting graduates. Also create a professional social media profile. LinkedIn is the largest network though there may be others specific to the industry you want to enter.”
- Understand the graduate job market — “Each organization has its own approach to recruitment, so research the company and tailor your application. Timing your applications and fitting them around your exams/coursework is important.”
- Be flexible and mobile — “If you are prepared to move, you will increase the number of jobs for which you can apply.”
- Be confident — “If you get through to the later stages of interviews, remember you have earned the right to be there. The company has seen potential in you and wants to find out more. There is a job out there for everyone; you just need to be persistent to find the right one for you.
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