What next after campus?

After campus you definitely experience any of these fears:

  • You’re eager to put your new college degree to use but don’t have your perfect job lined up.
  • You’re worried that you may have a lack of experience.
  • You’re unsure of what industry you should be in.
  • You’ve never been interviewed and aren’t sure how to prepare.

Do not worry. Everyone worries about this situation after graduation.

Here is what you can do to find your way through,

 

Your Education Never Ends

Don’t worry, this is a good thing.

You will always be learning new things, reading new books and developing yourself to be the very best version of you. You will be trained in new facets of a position and gain expertise and knowledge.

Be open to this change.

Don’t Let the World Decide Your Path

Sit down and make a list and a plan of your ideal situation. Ask yourself,What kind of work that you really enjoy doing?If you weren’t getting paid what kind of work would you enjoy doing?What activities in your past have been responsible for your success?

After which, make a plan that will help put you on the right path to getting a great job.

Choose Something You Love Over Money

This is a time where you are able to really get to know yourself and find what you love to do.

This may be a hard thing to think about in the short run, especially if finding a job is hard.

But think about this:

Would you rather end up in a career that you hate or be doing something that you truly love for the rest of your life?

Check These Career Websites for Leads on Getting a Job in Your Field

There are hundreds of career websites that you can use to look for jobs. One of them is My Career Identity Website

 

Interview

Well this is a whole topic for another day but before an interview, you must do extensive research on a company.

When your do research for your interview, look at these things:

  • Who will be interviewing you?
  • The company’s website.
  • The industry the company is in.
  • It’s main competitors.
  • The products they sell.
  • The company culture.

Find out as much as you possibly can about the company before your interview. You will be able to answer pertinent questions about the business, the industry and the people.

Ask For More Responsibilities

When you finish a task at your new job, don’t sit on your hands and wait for someone to give you a new task. Ask for more responsibility.

What happens when you ask for more responsibility:

  • Your boss grows to trust that if there is a job that needs to be done you can do it.
  • The more responsibility you ask for, the more you will be rewarded.
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Career Identity

What is career identity?

It is a structure of meanings in which the one links his own motivation, interests and competencies with acceptable career roles.

When we get employed, we’re given a job title, sometimes a job description, we belong to a department and we have a person who manages us. We’re put in our ‘place’ from day one.

And while our characteristics, values, education, social and family influences all inevitably form part of how we go about doing our job, somewhere along the way our identity can get lost in all the labels that we’re given at work.

If you feel good about your contribution, you have a clear purpose, freedom to express yourself and stay true to your values, then the clarity and authenticity of your identity will remain strong.

But if you don’t feel good about what you contribute, enjoy what you do, or know how you ended up where you are; if you question your purpose, conform to what others want you to think and lose sight of your values, then your true identity start to get lost.

When we talk of finding the right job it is seeking employment that matches your career identity. You should be clear about your career identity and below are some of the ways to help you find your career identity.

Think Of What You Offer People At Work

It’s easier to develop your career identity when you know what kind of emotional appeal you offer people. For starters, think broadly about your personality and how it affects the experience someone will have with you.

Make a list of words that best describe these features of your personality. Once you know what you contribute to those that work with you, you’ll make more of an effort to play into those attributes, creating a common thread in your work and interactions.

Decide What Makes You Stand Out At Work

We all have our own personalities that help us stand out from the rest and form our identities. Write down what, exactly, you do it might be something that directly relates to your career and make that your defining trait.

Break Out Of Your Confining Boxes

When you were deciding what makes you stand out at work, chances are you might have kept yourself confined to a couple of boxes. But what if you have some untapped potential that you’re too scared to reach for?

If you really want to nail down your career identity, you can’t limit yourself with weak fears.The point of taking the time to develop your identity is to help yourself become as great as you possibly can be.

Find A Mentor

Find someone today who can mentor, advise or coach you about what’s possible, and help you see what’s holding you back from identifying the power you have to make a difference, and the vast number of options that are truly available to you. When you have someone helping you,you see both your errors and accomplishment, the path  becomes much clearer.

 

Once you’re clear about your identity, you’re able to put forth some of your most inspired, on point work forward. You now have a clear purpose, freedom to express yourself and stay true to your values, then the clarity and authenticity of your identity will remain strong.

Career management

Career management is conscious planning of one’s activities and engagements in the jobs one undertakes in the course of his life for better fulfilment, growth and financial stability.

Most people still ask themselves if they are in the right career,wondering what they should be doing . They feel stuck career-wise not because they are not talented or maybe not capable but because you are unsure where to start looking and that is why career management is always key to achieving career success. Lack of career management can result in: frustration feelings of not being valued ,being unable to find suitable employment should a job change be necessary due to mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, or downsizing .

Here are some of the few strategies on career management:

1. Self valuation

If we feel lost, we will generally take a closer look at where we are than if we were on familiar territory. Familiarity can breed complacency; consequently, wherever you think you are on your career journey, it is important to re-calibrate your understanding of your strengths, weakness, and true potential.

A particular issue is to fully understand what exactly your situation is. This requires reflection before rushing to action.

2. Planning

This is the step that provides the opportunity to verify assumptions.The core elements of any Plan are to begin by defining objectives and benefits. For example, you may currently have the aim of “developing my career by moving on as quickly as possible.” However, it is critical to identify what you want the “Return on Me” to be from your current and future roles.

3. Exploring

Different routes, different outcomes? This is the follow on from  planning phase where ideas are ready to be tried out. Actively exploring different routes requires the sharing and testing of ideas, and constructively and non-judgmentally processing others perceptions and opinions. It must also draw on your plan. To be successful means staying grounded on the work you will have done to seek  feedback. Without this, your career journey may take on the characteristics of a circular tour.

4. Demonstrating Competence

A fundamental element in demonstrating competence is developing a CV that shows your capability and capacity, and ensures the “real” you is present at the interview. Establish goals and targets for job search/career shift, and regularly review progress, potential hindrances.

5. Delivering

Assimilation into a new role during the first 100 days requires both cultural understanding and a focus on delivering what’s required. “Look, listen, and learn” is important. For senior roles, the capability to hit the ground running and deliver results in what may be a very different environment from the one anticipated is critical.

6. Reviewing

Career management does not end with successfully finding a new position, whether as CEO or Graduate trainee. There will be a continuing need to choreograph your own career.Focus on delivery, Maintain your channels of communication and remember to review situations both within the organization and the market.

Follow your Passion

What is passion? It is that powerful feeling of enthusiasm inside you, to do something or about something.When you are passionate about the work you do,you are better equipped to overcome obstacles that will surely arise in the process of moving up in a career. Also, the more enthusiasm you have, the more inclined you are to work harder at improving yourself.

It’s always a beautiful thing when passion and  career come together.Finding and following your passion is key to success. Know what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.Never ignore what your heart pumps for,mold your career around your passion.

Meet Karren Cherotich ,who shares her experience trying to follow her passion.

Immediately when we meet someone new, we want to know their name and what they do for a living. This is basically how our society is and I think it is because we are defined by what we do, our careers and our profession. It really feels good to be defined by what you love, what you dream of, what you value and what you cherish. This is expressed by the careers we take up. You would really be doing yourself injustice by taking up a career that is not in line with your passion.

 

I did not realize this until I was got up in a similar situation, taking up a course which I was not passionate about. I felt burnt out and lacked enthusiasm to study it. I had to struggle between keeping my grades up and accepting that I had to take up a career that was far from my dream. However, I felt that my identity was closely tied to this career and if I would lose it, then I would have no proof of all my hard work. I wanted to show the world that I did it! I made it. I wanted to show my fellow students that you can get caught up in the wrong course but you can maneuver your way out successfully.

 

I owe this to the support I have received from my career identity who made me feel accepted, they taught me that success is achieved through the ability to do something that you truly love. I have been able to embrace passion in my career and they have also helped me discover my potential through which I have been able to unfold my passion in writing. I am forever grateful.They have impacted me with skills which I intend to pass it to the next generation