Are you using LinkedIn? You should, it’s still a brilliant tool for career networking and is actively geared towards helping you present a more professional digital presence than Facebook or Twitter. I’ve been using it for a while and I can see the potential but honestly my use of it could be considerably better (so I’ll probably end up talking about it in a future blog entry). The only use I really get out of it at the moment are the weekly emails with links to career based articles on other websites. Most seem to be very US centric but some articles are useful, and most are at least interesting in the sense that they give a wider understanding of the current or predicted job market. One article I came across last year really peaked my interest though. Entitled The STEM Staffing Crisis is a Myth it highlighted several interesting discussion points on a topic that I knew next to nothing about but, given my career path, really should know everything about. I’ve wanted to write something highlighting this article for a while and I realised not long after my first post that this blog would be a perfect place to bring it to everyone’s attention. Even if you don’t study a STEM degree it brings up topics that are relevant to everyone. So this blog entry is aimed at getting the gears turning so to speak and getting you wonderful readers to think and talk more about the topic. Read More…
Another year has come! I don’t even realize how time goes by so quickly. I’m still trying hard to find a job, or an internship. In the last months, I’ve got some new thoughts concerning looking for a job, which I hope may help you.
Yes, I want to talk about the mindset. Finding a job is a long, painstaking, tiring, boring, frustrating… (ok, stop!)… but meaningful process. It’s a transition from the school to the workplace where you played/will play a part in.You don’t need to be anxious for success (sometimes I’m so anxious when I fire off my CVs but receive no responses), which is nothing but frustrating, but that doesn’t mean you can reap where you haven’t sown.
All you need to do is take your time. In the process, you will have learned how to choose the industry you most want to engage in and thereafter the most desirable company. It is necessary to understand the cultural background and know about key people in the company. And trying to resonate with their values is important. During this period, a right-mindset job seeker will witness his/her rapidly-improved capabilities. Moreover, when you possess excellent communicating skills and relevant experiences and so on, you ARE fully-prepared for the interview and even the job in the future. As a saying goes, if you want the job, you’d better imagine you are doing the job already.
Calm down and be positive. Happy job hunting in 2014!
In addition to our brilliant regular bloggers, occasionally on Careering Ahead we will publish one off ‘guest posts’ – this one is from Sam Heward, currently doing his third year in Geography here at Newcastle…
When it comes to accountancy it’s very easy to get drawn towards the ‘Big 4’, they all have a huge presence on campus and all promise good salaries, prospects etc. In fact many students looking at grad schemes won’t look anywhere else. So why after a summer internship at a non-Big 4 firm have I decided to accept their offer of a job for next year? Read More…
January is a time for new beginnings, especially with New Year’s resolutions and all. Whether you’re starting out or trying to add some life into an existing career, here are 14 things you can do in 2014:
- Network. It’s a word and activity we all dread in some ways, but think of networking as a learning opportunity. I have learned so many interesting facts about industry trends, job responsibilities and workplace environments by just talking to people.
- Make friends. I do not just suggest making friends with people in your chosen career field. Whilst that is excellent for networking, I suggest you surround yourself with friends from a variety of backgrounds. Not only will it make your life well-rounded, it will make you an interesting person and give you some perspective on your own chosen path.
- Maintain a LinkedIn presence. Even if you forget you ever created an account, log in once and awhile to see what’s going on. Make sure you have an updated and good-looking profile as you search for jobs.
- Get creative. Mix up your usual routine, change up your desk, or do something fun on your lunch break. Small changes can make mundane tasks seem more exciting, and may even stimulate thinking.
- Ask questions.
- Take a break.
- Don’t settle. If your position is not challenging, ask if there is more responsibility you can take on. If your job isn’t a good fit, don’t be afraid to look for something new.
- Keep healthy. Eating properly and exercising regularly will give you ample energy to do the job.
- Socialise with colleagues. Whether it’s a staff member’s birthday, Christmas party or just a tea break, get to know those whom you work with.
- Read up on your chosen career field.
- Perfect your social media skills.
- Stay as organized as you can.
- Don’t compare yourself to your peers. Post-graduation, you and your former course mates are now following separate paths, each with its pros and cons. Focus on yours.