Looking To Start Your Career - A Few Simple Steps

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Find tips on how to get yourself back to work. The state of the economy has meant that a lot of young people are struggling to get into work after they have finished studying. Here are some helpful tips to get you back on track and into the industry your looking for.

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Looking To Start Your Career - A Few Simple Steps

  1. 1. LOOKING TO START YOUR A Few Simple CAREER? Steps
  2. 2. THE ECONOMY The state of the economy has meant that a lot of young people are struggling to get into work af ter they have finished studying. It’s an unfor tunate situation; there simply aren’t enough jobs to go around in some areas. Not only that, there are a lot of unpaid positions like internships and experience programmes. These can be great oppor tunities, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t exactly pay the bills – usually these programmes last quite a long time too, so you can find it hard to get by for the duration of this. Ideally, you need a job. Something that pays. So how do you do that? How can you take those fir st steps towards a career?
  3. 3. DECIDE WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO This is probably the hardest par t of the process – actually figuring out the thing you really want to do. If you’re lucky, you’ll know already. If not, you’ve got to do a bit of soul searching – there’s no quick fix to this I’m afraid. Once you realise what you actually want to do – there are a lot of dif ferent areas you can go.
  4. 4. CONSIDER INTERNSHIPS It’s a tough pill to swallow, but internships might be the only available oppor tunity to you – and if you find one that is closely related to exactly what you want to do, then you should really consider doing it. Even if it isn’t paid. Internships will give you experience, even if you’re not paid – and experience is crucial. There’s not a job in the world, these days at least, that you can just walk into without experience. So, consider an internship – but beware. You should make sure it is a legitimate internship, and that the company is reputable. Although there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it – you really want to gain valuable experience and at least have the prospect of a job af ter it’s over.
  5. 5. THINK ABOUT TEMPING  Temporar y work isn’t exactly a career, but it could give you some insight into dif ferent types of jobs that you might not have considered getting into before. It’s possible that there would be some dif ferent experiences out there too – meeting people and learning new things.  Obviously it’s only temporar y work , but you’ll be earning money at least. It’s possible too that there are some things you don’t like doing – but luckily it is only temporar y.  It takes a bit of getting used to, star ting a new job ever y couple of weeks can be a bit strange – and you might find it hard to move on from things you really like.  It’s a good idea, especially if you need some cash – but it really is a fir st step in the process of star ting a career, and not a career itself. Having said that, if you find something you’re par ticularly good at – then you never know, you may be of fered something permanent .
  6. 6. THINK ABOUT TRAINING I know this might seem like a bit of a backwards step, but it’s not. You’ve probably had enough of learning – especially if you’ve spent three year s at univer sity and are eager to get a star t on your career. It’s quite likely, unfor tunately, that your degree won’t give you quite enough practical experience to star t a job right away. This is where training comes in – it’s a great way to get a really useful qualification, which you can build on. You should check out what cour ses are available, and this should be related to your area of interest. A lot of practical qualifications are related to trades – so this is a par ticularly good area for training, and also getting a job fur ther down the line.
  7. 7. CHOOSING A TRAINING COURSE Plastering cour ses , electrical cour ses or plumbing cour ses are widely available – so should definitely be considered. It’s also wor th considering nur sing cour ses, physiotherapy cour ses and fir st aid cour ses if you’re more inclined that way. Training for a practical qualification usually means paying a bit of money – but it’s wor th it if there’s something you especially want to do, because af ter the initial expense you can recoup it quite quickly. It’s a damn sight more cost -ef fecti ve than univer sity tuition – you can expect to repay the costs in months, as opposed to year s. Getting on a good cour se will only last a couple of months – and it arms you with ver y valuable skills that you can trade on in the future. The cool thing about training, even if you end up doing something a little bit dif ferent to what you’ve trained in is that it shows employer s that you are actively tr ying to expand upon your skills and earn your self a job – there’s nothing wor se than a blank section on your C.V.!
  8. 8. UPDATING YOUR C.V. – AND KEEPING IT UP TO DATE  For your own sake, please keep your C.V. up to date and check it over. It’s not a big point, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t keep on top of it. It’s such a basic thing, but it’s so impor tant.  Make sure ever ything is spelled correctly, it just shows that you haven’t put the considerati on in other wise – and that reflects badly upon you, and it’s actually quite inconsiderate for the potential employer s you eventually send it to – af ter all they’ve taken the time to read it, so you can take the time to write it properly!  It’s all about tr ying to get your self an inter view, that’s the hardest par t. Once you get there it’s a dif ferent kettle of fish .
  9. 9. PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW  Well, this is probably one of the hardest things to get right. It’s not that easy to nail an inter view, and by the way if you’re feeling cocky the employer will normally be able to see through you and guess what – they won’t appreciate it.  It all depends on the kind of inter view you’re walking into, if you’re going to an inter view for a massive corporati on you can expect quite a bit of formality – if you’re going for temp work as a fish monger it’s probably going to be a bit more casual. It’s all about assessing the inter view beforehand, going through the various permutations that might occur and being mentally prepared.  A good tip is to ask if there is anything in par ticular to prepare for the inter view or whether there’s anything you should think about beforehand. If they say yes, then you’ve got a leg up on ever y inter viewee who hasn’t asked. If not, you can rest easy with your ner ves beforehand as you know there won’t be any surprises.
  10. 10. INTERVIEW TIPS One thing to be aware of is how you sit, and what you do with your hands. Make sure you don’t fidget, keep your hands cupped in your lap when you can. There’s nothing wrong with being expressi ve with your hands when you talk , but there’s a dif ference between being expressive and fidgeting – tr y and keep your hands still. Saying ‘Umm’ is quite a common mistake. Most employer s will look past that, but it doesn’t reflect too well on you. Just remember there’s nothing wrong with a silence whilst you think about your answer – just don’t leave it too long! Another good tip is to ask a lot of questions – it’s a good idea to come up with a list of questions beforehand and remember some of them. It shows you’re interested, and you might actually learn something new as well.
  11. 11. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON  It’s quite possible you’ll have a few moments when taking the preliminar y steps in your career that you want to forget. A bad inter view here or there, not getting replies to your applications – perhaps even star ting a job you think will be good and finding it’s not quite as good as it was stated in the job listing.  It’s impor tant to keep calm though, there’s no point in panicking. It won’t actually help af ter all!  Just make sure you’re following these basic tips, and as long as you know that you’re doing the best you can – then just relax and something will come along eventually.

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