Where your education can take you
After you've labored long and hard to complete your education you need to prepare for the real work: finding a job. You did a lot of research before selecting your course of study and you probably already have a general idea of the type of career you'd like - But are you aware of all the different opportunities available to you? Do you know what type of compensation you should be expecting from your next job? Have you researched all the advancement prospects that are opened up by your schooling? Let us help you get started in putting your education to work.
What Do You Need to Know?
Finding a job or moving up in your present position requires research and preparation. Before you start your job search, ask yourself:
- What were my goals when I started my schooling? Have they changed? Have the requirements changed?
- Where do I want to work? Am I willing to relocate?
- Am I interested in working from home? Are there online or freelance opportunities available?
- What salary range am I expecting? Is this reasonable? Will my compensation depend on things like location and company?
- Are there different levels to my career path? Do I need to focus on entry level positions or can I apply for more advanced opportunities? What will my particular level of training bring to my relevant qualifications?
- What types of skills outside of industry-specific training are required? Do I possess the interpersonal and communication skills that are mandatory for many jobs? Should I increase my education with some 'soft' skill training?
Once you've asked yourself these questions, you'll be able to narrow down your search for employment. You'll be aware of the opportunities and positions that you're qualified for, and you also won't spend time applying for jobs that you're not likely to accept - if you know you're not willing to move to Alaska, don't apply for a position there!
Remember: you can send out thousands of resumes and applications, but if you're not qualified or experienced enough for the positions you're seeking, you'll find little success. Most companies aren't interested in putting out the time and resources necessary for extensive training. You're more likely to receive instruction in company-specific policies and procedures than you are to get job-specific training. Generally, you're expected to know the job you've been hired for.