Graduates! How to land your dream job.
It's the season for coming home...
You've had a whirlwind few years abroad but now the piece of paper is in your hands and it's time to do something with it.
Firstly, let us reassure you. Not only is your educational achievement worth something. You as a person now have so much more to offer.
You've gained perspective on life, international culture and see the world in a new light.
You've refined your ability to communicate in multiple languages, to people of different ages, cultures and from different economic and social statuses.
You've learnt that you are strong, independent and can succeed even in the most challenging circumstances.
You are ready to go out into the world and apply your newfound skills and knowledge!
International Alumni often tell us that taking the first step is the hardest. It's easy to suddenly feel lost upon returning home and it can be even more difficult if you can't seem to connect with the right employers and job opportunities.
Aside from joining alumni groups like IAJN (our purpose is to help you transition to a great employment opportunity), here are our tips for securing the right graduate job!
1. Be realistic.
You may have studied hard and graduated with honors but everyone has to start at the bottom. We can't assume that we'll walk into a role as the Senior Manager. Understand what jobs are considered entry level in your field and consider your first role an investment. You won't be paying back student loans yet but you'll be laying the foundation for an impressive career ahead.
2. Don't chase the dollar - find the right fit.
You'll regret choosing a role that pays more but leaves you feeling empty inside. Choose the company that shares the same values as you. The company that is committed to your ongoing development and sees you as an asset.
3. Be prepared to commit to your choice - for better or worse.
As a fresh graduate, there is nothing worse than to sully your CV with a 6 month job. In fact, less than a year of employment isn't going to look good to future employers.
So you made the wrong choice? Look on the bright side! A wise person once assured me that there was more to learn from my difficult times in my working life than the easy times. Unless it is seriously unacceptable for you to stay - stick it out for a while and see it as a learning experience. You'll be stronger and wiser as a result (and trust me, you'll be smarter when choosing your next job!)
4. Build a network.
The best connections are of the human kind. Find other people in your industry. Look for a mentor. Surround yourself with like minded peers. Not only will your connections keep you from feeling those homecoming blues, but they'll be valuable in introducing you to job contacts and opportunities.
5. Use the tools available to you.
Upload your CV to www.ia-jn.com, utilise your university careers team, refine and update your Linkedin profile - have your CV ready for any opportunities that arise!
6. Consider internships, graduate programs and traineeships.
Most multi-national companies have impressive and extensive graduate programs and internships allowing you the opportunity to start climbing the ladder in a globally recognised business. You may not earn the big bucks but you'll set your career up and be top of the list should you choose to change jobs in the future.
We wish you happy job hunting from the IAJN team!
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