Most of us upon leaving campus are filled with grand ideas about how the job market is. We tend to think that somehow we will be lucky to evade the hole that almost every other graduate seems to fall into: That of trekking long, way long after the graduation excitement has won off.
Most people will start off on the wrong footing despite the numerous advice and information out there about how to crack the Job market. Wisdom however dictates that let he with ears hear.
Below is a list of things to put in mind as one begins the arduous journey that is the job hunt.
- Building your CV should start while you are in campus.
Most people do not realize the importance of the attachment opportunities they undertake during breaks in campus. Maybe a parent or relative helped you acquire a certain opportunity or you are a true hustler and managed to secure yourself a gig. Learn to take it for what it is: a learning opportunity. There are several potential outcomes form such an undertaking. One, you might to lucky to eventually land a longer lasting position at the organization. Two the experience will definitely look good on your CV. Do not be deceived, nowadays even internship opportunities require some level of experience. Third, you might develop a meaningful relationship with a career mentor who might see your potential and act as your professional sponsor.
- Start where you can, end where you want.
This is advice I got from my professional mentor. The reality is, only a select few are lucky to jump start their careers doing something they find fulfilling, career wise and otherwise. For the rest of us, we have to start somewhere. Build on the opportunity you get. As an entry level, do not be so picky as to pass on opportunities just because they are not in line with what you studied for or what you really wish you were doing. The opportunity might not be packaged as you would have desired but it is still an opportunity. Take it and run with it.
- The first paycheck might not even cater for your monthly needs
Many of us fall into the trap of thinking that, we are entitled to huge salaries that will support our lifestyles fresh form campus. We tend to think that we will immediately start earning good money that will see us move into our own places, get us a car and so on. The reality is different. You might have to struggle form pay check to pay check for a few as you build your pool of experience. This is why it’s important to have ambition in life, it acts as your anchor and compass. You realize that you are not where you want to be and hence work towards your goals.
- Nowadays not even your connections guarantee you a job.
There are an unfortunate lot of adults who have graduated, but they are stuck on the mentality that they know someone and that it is enough to secure them an opportunity. We are living at a time when everyone knows someone, so unless you have the president on speed dial, do not be deceived that knowing someone will get you ahead. Learn to work smart for your achievements.
These are some of the things to keep in mind as you are job searching. Remember, you start where you can but end where you desire.