Finding the Right Job Whether your degree is field specific,
vocational or general you may find it difficult to choose a
career path you wish to pursue. You may be confused about what is
available to you or you may have decided you do not want to
follow into a vocation that your qualification is suited for.
When you leave university, there is so much choice and
deciding what job is best suited to you can be like trying to
find a needle in a haystack, especially if you haven’t completed
a degree specific to a vocation. The key to successful career
choice is: knowing yourself and what you want from your career,
knowing what is available in the market place and being able to
market yourself accordingly.
1. Knowing Yourself
Do the personality Test-1 and Test-2 the find more about yourself.
Knowing Yourself and What you Want from Your Career There are several factors that affect your career choices:
a) You abilities - Abilities are formed by the time we are
14 and are our hardwired. Knowing what we are good at and what
comes easy to us can help us in our career choice and do work
that will come naturally and easily to us.
b) Your skills - Think about the skills you have gained
whilst at school, university or any job experience you have
had. What did you enjoy doing? What didn’t you enjoy?
c) Your interests - If we are in a job that we are
interested in doing, this gives passion to the job. Make a list
of all your interests and think about how you can use them in a
d) Your values - Values affect the way we want to live our
lives and run our careers. Try to work out what your keys
2. Knowing What is Available
Knowing What is Available in the Market Place Try doing some research as to what sort of jobs are available:
a) Have a look at different job websites or career books to
see what sort of jobs are available. There is lots of
information on different careers at your careers service.
b) Speak to as many people as you can to find out what they
do or have done in the job areas that interest you.
Still stuck? Try your careers service where qualified careers
advisors are on hand to help you decide what your next step could
be. It is important to keep an open mind and most jobs, will
evolve into a lot more than what is written in the job
description. This can be fun and exciting, and will develop your
versatility as well as your skills and knowledge.
For information on abilities testing, psychometrics and
careers counselling to help you with your choice, try contacting
an independent careers counsellor such as Working Careers in Edinburgh
3. Securing the Right Job
Securing the Right Job For all graduates leaving
university, the prospect of entering the job market is daunting.
It is often difficult to locate the most effective channels to
search. The crucial element to securing a job is preparation. the
interview is the most important element of the employment
process. However, in today’s competitive job market, you are
judged from the outset. The first step - in order to get to the
interview stage - is make sure that your CV and covering letter
is going to get you noticed. Therefore time and effort needs to
be spent on producing a CV, which will grab the interviewer’s
attention and result in the desired interview, and an opportunity
for you to market yourself in person. It is very important that
you take time and effort to do it properly.
4. Creating a CV
5. Creating a Covering letter
The First Interview Although you
have passed the first hurdle and secured the all-important first
interview, preparation is still paramount. Regardless of the
qualifications and experience you possess, your personality and
personal presentation will still count when your prospective
employer sizes you up. However, you can develop the skills
required to make the interview less frightening, and one which
you can approach with confidence.