Even if your career began long ago, you may still be wondering where it is going. There are so many job options out there and it can be tough to find one that is representative of you and what you truly care out. Here is some advice to help you carve out a career that stays true to you:
- Consider your values. Do you care passionately about the environment? Are you honest at all times? Find a role where you can use these values and stay true to them.
- Think about your key skills. Then think about whether you enjoy using them. You may be great at reporting, but if you gain no satisfaction from it, then you should maybe think again.
- Look through a university prospectus. See what immediately catches your attention and is a natural fit for you. This is a good way to remind yourself what you enjoy.
Career decisions are never easy, especially when you are young and still unsure about what you ultimately want to do. You need to lay solid foundations for any career and by the end of your 20s, it’s very beneficial to have a good idea of the field you want to be working in during your later career.
You don’t need to have a set plan. Most people who are now in their 20s will be working until they are in their 70s, so there is a lot of time to change your mind! It is a good idea to have something to aim for and the build up a good job history, though. People who have done nothing related to their chosen career path could struggle in future as the competition for the best positions becomes fierce. Put together a career action plan and have some clear goals, both short term and long term.
If you have just been offered a new job, congratulations are in order. Interview processes and tough and you’ve done well to get so far. However, you do need to consider very seriously whether or not to accept the new role you have been offered. In the excitement of being offer the position, you may not necessarily have had time to think everything over as carefully as you need to.
Make sure the money is right. Everyone knows how much they need to earn, so if it is not enough, go with your head and not your heart. Don’t accept a lower wage than you are worth.
Check the benefits package as well. There may be good bonuses like private health care or a company car. This could make up for a slightly lower wage than expected, depending on your priorities. Ask about pension contributions and what the company will contribute.
Job interviews can be difficult but if you know what you are doing and feel confident, there are lots of ways to make yourself memorable – for all the right reasons. Here are some top recruitment tips for people wanting to impress the interviewer when they apply for a new job:
- Be polite. You don’t necessarily have to be especially formal – take your lead from the interviewer. Just make sure you are polite and friendly.
- Ask questions. Interviews can become very awkward if you are invited to ask questions and have nothing to say. This is the best way to show that you have taken an interest in the company and want to know more about the role.
- Talk to your recruitment consultant. They can tell you about how the company would expect you to act.
- Dress to impress. Make sure you are smart and don’t let the small things let you down.
Recruitment agencies can be useful for both companies seeking employees and candidates. They provide a service that matches the two together, finding you great candidates without you having to go to all the effort of sourcing them. All you will need to do is speak to your recruitment consultant about what you are looking for in a candidate and give them the details of the position. The rest can all be done for you.
Recruitment agencies can actually help companies to cut costs and make savings. This is because you won’t need to use your own time or resources for recruitment. Your own current employees can carry on with their usual roles and you can commit all of your time to yours as well. Let the recruitment consultant do their job and find some excellent candidates for you and over time, as they get to know your business, they will find you goo candidates even faster.
When you finish university or college, the next step is to find yourself your first real job. This is a major transitional phase for your career, as you will be going from studying full time and maybe having a part-time job to earn some spending money, to working in a full-time role that is probably around 37-40 hours a week.
Don’t be put off by the fact that it is a major change. Many people will be looking for graduates and actually, it won’t necessarily matter what subject your degree is in. Make sure your CV is up to scratch and begin sending it to recruitment agencies to see what they can offer you.
Whilst you shouldn’t necessarily just take the first job you are offered, you also shouldn’t be put off by taking a more junior role. Many graduates think too much about the bigger picture and look for jobs that meet with all their career dreams and that they could see themselves doing forever. This is unrealistic. Find a job, get some experience and then re-evaluate your options in a year’s time if you want to.