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Posted by sviechweg (MONEY FORUMS: 7, Answers: 0)
Asked on September 8, 2015 1:57 pm
There are ALWAYS jobs available for those who earn them. Think positive. Hustle. Yes, of course there's a great job for you if you work hard enough and look hard enough.
The amount you get paid initially should only be one part of what you look for in your first job out of college. If you are thinking about getting your professional career off to a good start ask yourself these questions about any job you are considering: 1) do you have any passion or even remote interest in the product or service your prospective employer delivers? If you honestly have no interest in what they do keep looking. Real passion about your work is highly correlated with professional success.
2) If the job has no real prospects of leading to advancement and bigger responsibilities in the future keep looking.
3) try to find out during the interview process if people who work there enjoy it and are proud of the organization.
If you find a job the delivers on points 1, 2 and 3, you've found a great place to learn and grow professionally. I'd trade that for a bigger first paycheck every time!
Jobs are easy to find, but a job that pays well and is interesting isn't quite as easy. I think that one of the most important things that you can do for your career is to get it started before you even graduate.
Internships or even jobs in warehouses or pizza parlors will teach you more about careers than your college education ever will. These experiences will help you gain the perspective of someone who is trying to add value rather than someone who just wants a job to pay the bills.
Your field of study matters, but your ability to network, to demonstrate your value, and to work smarter than everyone else matter even more.
I think that depends on what you study in school and how well you do. It's amazing to think that people choose a field of study without even checking to see if there are jobs available in the field and how much they can expect to make in that area!
While there are no guaranties there are things you can do to improve the odds. There is a direct relationship between how well you do in school and your initial employment prospects when you graduate: the better your grades, the greater the likelihood of a great job to start. Experience is also a big factor, whether internships, part-time or summer employment and even volunteer work (especially when you have some responsibility!) all help improve your employability. The last factor which is too often overlooked is the importance of a great resume. Number one is that a resume MUST be free of mistakes. Hiring managers frequently look for reasons to toss before looking for reasons to keep - that gives them a smaller pile to actually examine. So a simple mistake or error can relegate you to the recycle bin even if you are amply qualified. It pays to establish yourself through work while in school, make some contacts who may be able to help, and pay attention to the details when you do apply!
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