EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO
ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS.
Taking your first job is an important milestone in your career. More often than not, landing a great job can set the tone and pace of your future trajectory. That being said, a “great” job is different for every individual, and here are four factors to consider in your job-hunt:
1. Your Job Scope
Brand name VS. Job Scope. This is an eternal dilemma that many graduates deal with. A big company with a brand name can open many doors but taking a position in a boutique firm or smaller company can allow you to take on an enhanced role.
Take a step-back and think about where you want to see yourself in 5, 10 years. While life is unpredictable, getting a sense of your big-picture goals can help you decide what kind of company you want to begin your career with.
2. Progression Rate
Along with considering your big picture goals, you should also see if there is room to grow in the company. Do they favour internal hires? Do people stay in their jobs for a long time? Browse Linkedin profiles of employees in the departments and get a sense of how long they stay and where they go after.
3. Corporate Culture
The people you deal with day in and day out matters. Studies have shown that a significant segment of people who quit their jobs do so because of a misalignment of working styles and environment. Besides speaking to people who have worked there, an important indicator is the interview. Very often, your future bosses are the one who interviewed you. Think about whether you could see yourself working for such individuals.
4. Expand your Search
It is an excellent time of your life to take chances. Be open-minded and look beyond the typical roles available. Today’s dynamic job markets promises unlimited opportunity. You may find that working for start-ups, NGOs or working abroad is right for you. Fortune favours the Bold. Cast your net wider and you’d be surprised at the amazing opportunities that can land on your doorstep.