5 Career Tips from One Recent Graduate to Another

Graduation is an exciting time filled with mixed feelings of happiness and anxiety. You’re probably battling the nerves of figuring out what your first career step should be and what kind of jobs suit your ambitions and preferences.

It’s OK to panic, but soon enough you will realize after reading this article that the transition doesn’t have to be as difficult as it may seem. Keep in mind that there are millions of fresh graduates just like you – and me – who have successfully transitioned into the job market and created meaningful careers, so it’s time you took your job search more seriously. Follow the below tips to help make this transition as smooth as possible:

Been There, Done That: Being a fresh graduate myself, I am well aware of the anxiety that comes along with leaving a familiar environment and moving onto a new one. However, this transition is inevitable to kick-start your career.

Networking is Everything: You know what the best thing about networking is? It’s totally free! Start by reaching out to people you met throughout your college life, this includes everyone from your professors to that one person you had a 3-minute conversation with during your internship, talk to these people and tell them what your interests are. You may be surprised to know that one of them could actually end up being the reason for landing your dream job.

Divide your Job Search into Stages: Breaking down the job-hunting process into parts will make the smoother. For example, take some time to develop your CV and work on your soft-skills, and then you can possibly branch-out and start applying for jobs on Akhtaboot. Remember, finding a job is not a race; you will not get rewarded for being employed first! The average job search lasts between 3 to 5 months; so don’t get discouraged if you don’t receive a call within the first few months.

Choose “Potential” over Money: Don’t choose a job that pays well but won’t add to your career path. Choosing to do what truly ignites your passion might not seem lucrative at first, but if you’re looking for a long stable career then do it for the potential you see in the job, not for the money. If you do what you love, then money will follow.

Patience is Key: Applying the above tips doesn’t guarantee that you will get a job instantly. Landing the job that you want is a combination of hard work, determination, and making the most of any opportunity that comes your way. While rejection is inevitable at some point in your career path, it has nothing to do with your capabilities whatsoever. For the time being, go for jobs that will equip you with the skills needed to succeed and be patient until you hit the career jackpot!

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  1. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (checkbox) *]
    I agree with you. A fresh graduate should be ready and well prepared to face the next chapter of their life after graduation. It is true that finding your first job gives you anxiety. Also, finding your first job is usually most difficult to find because you have just a little work experience with you. That is why a graduating student must be well prepared and has a clear goal before graduation to be ready to face the cultural change in your life

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