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5 Best Tips for Students: How to Launch Your Career SuccessfullyGuest post by Veronica Kavanova (Share your favourite tips with 50,000+ Malaysian students)
Finishing a university course can be a daunting prospect and entering the job market can be overwhelming. Often students will battle through choosing a career and then find the fight is not over as they have to start climbing the career ladder.
In this article, we have provided the 5 best tips to launching your career.
You Have More Skills Than You Think
One of the biggest mistakes that students make when they start their career is to assume that they don’t have the necessary experience to make a splash in their field. While you might not have the same level of skills in certain areas as those that have been in the industry for many years, this does not mean you have no skills to offer.
Instead of looking at their level of experience, students should focus on their transferable skills. These are those abilities that you have developed throughout your time at university, whether through education or extra-curricular activities.
When launching your career you should immediately:
- Identify all of your transferable skills,
- Understand how these will help you to grow within your field,
- Highlight these skills and use them to succeed.
By doing this, you will assist with your professional development.
Only Opt For Those Willing To Invest
It can be incredibly frustrating for students that are looking to rapidly invest in their career to end up in a company that does not assist their employees in achieving this goal. When launching your career you should certainly be focusing on how easily you will be able to continually improve your skills and how readily available assistance will be.
The ideal choice of an employer is one that has a track record of investing in the staff and one that includes a solid and well-documented training program. It is crucial to ask about professional growth opportunities at the interview stage so you will be able to avoid falling into a limited position in a dead-end company.
It seems like something from a cheesy motivational poster but you should never give up. Starting a career is going to have setbacks, a whole lot of rejection and failures. In fact, it is the very nature of the steep learning curve that launching any career entails.
To be successful when launching a career, the student needs to be able to keep their chin up and needs to make the most of the opportunities that failures provide.
There are many examples of highly successful individuals who started out with devastating failures. While not all of us will go on to write a bestseller or found a Fortune 500 corporation, we will still have our fair share of setbacks that will feel like the end of the world. Knowing that these are coming, dealing with them appropriately and moving on is the key to starting a successful career.
Be (Temporarily) A “Yes” Man or Woman
“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country, say yes to meet new friends, say yes to learn something new. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids.” – Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman.
When starting a career it is never wise to underestimate the power of being open to opportunity. It can occasionally feel as if you are being taken advantage of when you are agreeing to all of the most mundane tasks but all of that extra experience and the “Brownie points” really add up.
By saying yes to opportunities you will be:
- Able to understand more aspects of your work,
- Gaining experience in a range of positions, one of which might suit you better than the one you currently hold,
- Recognized more by your colleagues and management,
- Less likely to miss out on making a good impression.
It is, of course, a temporary method to being successful and eventually you will have to learn when to accept new responsibilities and when not to. When launching a career, however, there is certainly room for the word “yes”.
It seems like an obvious point in today’s world of networking but it is often forgotten by students that are moving onto the career ladder. A student generally understands the importance of pooling resources, but at the end of the day, it comes down to their personal effort whether they make the cut or not.
While there are similarities in the workplace, networking is the lifeline to true career success. By connecting with other professionals you will not only increase your overall opportunities but you will be able to gain further transferable skills. Creating a network is important but it is crucial to act upon this afterward. Make sure you continually make connections and do your best to maintain them.
Veronica Kavanova is passionately interested in writing, social media, and marketing. All of these comprise a big part of her life. She is now a Head of Marketing and PR at freelancehouse.co.uk.
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