There are two important moments in our younger years when we start thinking about what happens next. First, if given the choice, we have to decide what university degree we would like to pursue. Once this is settled, there comes the second important decision: what job do I want? What field do I want to work in for a big part of my adult life?
It is, of course, quite overwhelming to have to decide what you would like to do for the next ~40 years when you are still in school or just recently graduated. Nevermind the career path you want to follow, it is never wrong or useless to experience different fields until you find the right one. We all know that the job market offers quite an array of opportunities, but as suggested earlier, with opportunity comes competition.
One word of advice: start preparing for adult life from your college/university years. Whether you take some extra courses in the fields you like, volunteer, learn a new language or have an (unpaid) internship – start working on it way before you begin your job hunt. It might seem stressful enough that you have to handle university deadlines or exam sessions, yet it will be rewarding once this part of your life is complete.
In order to ease your job seeking process, we propose the following questions to take into consideration.
What job would I like? – Turn on your search engines and browse through preferred industries through different platforms. Check out the main responsibilities and skills required as see if you have what it takes to match this.
Do I have any experience in this particular field? What is the link? How can I capitalise on this to meet the requirements?
What are my skills? Do they match any of the job descriptions? What is missing? How can I improve
Do I have any volunteering/extracurricular activities that match the profile? Generally, this shows that you are not only interested in a particular job/field, but you are passionate about it.
What makes me stand out? – Take some time and think about what assets or experience you have that your competition might not have.
Do I have any achievements in the field that interests me? – Make sure to mention this.
Would I hire myself? – After exploring all the questions above, take few job descriptions and objectively analyse whether you would hire yourself for that position or not. If the answer is YES – go for it. But, if the answer is NO – make sure to work on all aspects that you are lacking and keep looking. You never know what opportunity might arise.
It might seem like forever until you are 100% ready to start a professional career, yet it is important to start preparing in advance. It will definitely ease down the process and it will allow you to become more self-aware of what you WOULD do and what you CAN do.