“Forget everything you once studied at the university.” A huge number of university graduates hear this phrase from their first employers. Therefore, it is necessary to decide in advance with your career plans, so that later you would never have to face the fact that the huge amount of knowledge gained in the university proves to be useless.
You can and need start planning after the first year of studies, when you have already caught the rhythm of student life, have joined the new team and can objectively assess the situation.
You need to understand what you would like to achieve in life, what you are capable of and what you are really good at. For the majority of students, the answer to this question is not so simple and obvious. Dreams and career aspirations of people can change several times throughout life. In addition, the diploma degree does not oblige you to work in strictly defined areas (according to statistics, only 27% of people with completed higher education work in their degree field), and that is good. For example, if you study English, you cannot only teach others, but also become a press attaché or work as a manager in a transnational corporation. If you are a future sociologist, your skills in information search and analysis can help you succeed, for example, in the journalistic field.
It is important to remember that the successful completion of the university cannot guarantee you instant receipt of prestigious work and meteoric rise up the career ladder. Remember that your professional successes depend not only on the level of competence, organizational and leadership qualities, but also on the ability to find a common language with people and work in a team.
You need to develop an activity plan that will help you move one-step closer to your chosen profession. This is not only about academic achievements, but also about additional tasks that will affect your professional development. Therefore, you can:
Document and save on your PC the results of all your activities: participation in conferences, competitions, lectures, training in language courses and attendance of elective courses. Do not forget to write down what skills you have acquired. By using such a “career folder”, it will be easy to compile a full resume, which greatly simplifies the search for work after graduating from the university.
Here are some more tips that will help you “melt the heart” of any employer after graduation:
Remember that your personal qualities and dedication are the key to your successful career and professional fulfilment. Show curiosity, work on yourself and expand your horizons in order to get a dream job in the future!
Author: Anastasia Pimenova