This advice goes out to anyone who’s got their dream degree but not their dream job.
I remember having a conversation with a young acquaintance who was enrolled in a PR/Comms degree. She boldly said to me: “When I finish my degree I’ll walk STRAIGHT into a management role.”
At the age of 20.
Students often believe that a piece of paper will open all the doors with loads of money — but unless you’re a graduating doctor or dentist, this is pretty unlikely.
Here are some tips to help students get the experience they need while studying. Whether you’re a student straight out of school or the parent of one (or you’re just looking to change careers), this is advice worth taking.
1. Do your research.
What type of company do you see yourself working for? Is it a government agency, a private business or a huge conglomerate? These are pretty important questions to ask yourself, because they form part of your mud map in navigating the real world for your dream job.
There’s a plethora of organisations in the world, and there will be at least half a dozen that you’ll want to work for. You just need to work out which ones they are.
Check out company profiles, their ethos and their work, all of which will usually be on their company website.
2. Seek guidance.
I was always a great believer in obtaining feedback to check in on how I’m travelling.
Your lecturers are there because they have the experience to not only teach you but to guide you. If graduation is looming and you’re in a flap because you’re not sure which move to make next, your lecturer is the first person you should be having a chat with. They’re the people who will know where your strengths and weaknesses lie and how you can work on them.
This also prepares you for working under a boss that will give you feedback from the minute you get a job.
3. Prep your resume.
This is a big one. You need to have a kick-arse resume.