The end of the semester is approaching vertiginously. For some, this means just few more weeks until summer vacation. For others, it marks the end of our time at the University. Either way, finishing this semester is getting us closer to go from student to job seeker. It is, in many ways, like turning 18 years old: one day, you are still a young, carefree person, the next day you are granted rights and obligations, and considered as the only one responsible for your actions and future.
Losing your student label can be as exciting and frightening, as it is to become an adult. Because, of course, you need a job –but you probably do not want any job. You probably want a good salary, but you also wonder if you are good enough to be paid generously. According to the experts, the top worries among newly graduated persons are, indeed, the gap between their experience and the income they are after, but also not being able to find a job they like, due to their newly incorporation to the job market. In some other cases, you might have studied for years and getting ready, but at this point of the year you are unsure of what you have been preparing for. Because, let’s be clear: having a diploma in a specific area does not necessarily mean that you have one way to go, or one specific area you are interested in. Experts suggest that uncertainty after graduating is a very common, well-extended state of mind once finishes University studies.
“If you are willing to work with something you do not love as long as it pays good, make sure it leaves you with enough time for practicing your true passions and hobbies”
So what can you do to avoid being anxious, stressed or in a state of panic now that you are about to step in «the real world?»
Get a perspective
Be honest about what potential careers interest you and which do not. Ask yourself: which topics and subjects were more motivating for you during your student life? More importantly, what were those who motivated you the least? Discerning what you love, and potentially, what you would like to work with, is key in finding the right job, since passion goes a long way on making work a pleasure, not an obligation.
Question yourself –and people around you
According to the magazine «Forbes», there are three questions that can help you decide what your dream job is. Firstly, ask yourself what is that you have always have had curiosity to work with, and why? Secondly, ask your friends what they think you are good at, and the reasons why. Thirdly, consider how you would like to be remembered or known for and why. These three questions will help you find patterns on how you see yourself in the work field, and how others perceive you, too.
Money does not buy happiness
Many people I know pursue a career because it provides them a good income, even though they do not have real passion for it. According to the experts, this is an increasingly popular tendency, although in many cases, it ends up being unfulfilling and unsatisfactory in the long term. Still, if you are willing to work with something you do not love as long as it pays good, make sure it leaves you with enough time for practicing your true passions and hobbies.
Paper CV is not enough
A good CV is always a good start, but remember that we live in the interconnected era. Exploit the benefits of LinkedIn, Facebook and any other platforms, which according to the experts, are spots that companies use to double check your references and background. Remember that showing is better than telling: a portfolio with your previous work or freelance projects can go a long way in the competing market for your dream job.