Identifying the right career opportunity after graduation needs some careful consideration and many individuals typically find themselves seeking further career guidance. With no work experience or work place skills, even once a career path has been decided, finding the right job opportunity can remain a daunting task. While qualifications are good they really are only an indication that an individual is capable of absorbing and learning information to one degree or another. Although that may be considered as a desirable attribute it is not normally enough for an employer to offer a position in their business as they are likely to be looking for additional qualities and skill sets that they can utilise.
Many employers will prefer experience when recruiting however even with no work experience, if an applicant has certain essential skills, they may be able to convince and employer that a particular job opportunity is the right one for them. So the question is how do you get these essential skills to pave the way for your chosen career path? This article will cover the key aspects of starting out to find the right career path and what essential skills you can obtain before approaching an employer for an interview to give you an advantage over other candidates.
• Career Path: Qualifications gained through school and university may determine the career path for many individuals but is it always the right career path? In some cases it is, in others in is not and at a young age this is not an easy decision to make. For example you may have obtained great marks in mathematics, what options are open to you? Banking and accountancy are two of the more obvious careers but there are many more options that you may not have thought of that could be a better proposition. If there is a company that can help to match your current skills and qualifications with appropriate work placements, work placements that you may not be aware of, and help you to carve out a more suitable career path, would you be interested in learning more?
• Career Guidance: Career guidance should not be looked upon as something that is for people who are not certain of which career path to follow. Individuals can also benefit from career guidance with a company that are likely to be aware of a job opportunity that cannot be found through the normal channels. Some career guidance businesses go a little further and offer courses so that people with no work experience still have an opportunity to obtain some essential skills that are desirable to employers. Without this career guidance you may miss out on some opportunities so it really is a path that ought to be explored in the early stages following completion of your formal education.
• Essential Skills: If you can offer one or more essential skills to an employer, even with no work experience, you will have something of interest to them; a foundation that can be built on, and that is a valuable asset when it comes applying for a job. What is meant by essential skills? In simple terms they are skills that employers are looking for when selecting and interviewing candidates to occupy a job opportunity; skills such as leadership, IT and computer programming knowledge, banking, retail management and basic work place skills. If you can obtain just one of these types of skills you will obtain an advantage compared to “freshers” that have not undertaken any further development of their skills.
• Work Place Skills: It stands to reason that an employer is likely to select a candidate that has some existing work place skills to offer their business, even at a basic level. Work place skills however are not limited to physical skills; employers require evidence of personal attributes that are considered desirable work place skills; such as leadership, positive attitude, problem solving and lateral thinking. Obtaining certification in basic work place skills is the first positive step toward finding a job opportunity that may be suitable and will open the door for at least an interview even with no work experience.
• How to find the right job opportunity: Finding the right job opportunity is perhaps the hardest task that faces a graduate that is fresh out of the education system. Armed with no with no work experience and very few essential skills (if any), the prospects do not look particularly good when other candidates have at least one of these to offer a potential employer. The first step to finding the right job opportunity is to manoeuvre in to an advantageous position by obtaining the skill sets required for a specific career or specific employer.
The process to identify the right career opportunity after graduation is not as clear-cut as it first appears and although it may be possible to embark on a long and successful career with no work experience, work place skills or essential skills to begin with. However if you are looking to “fast-track” your career with an entry level management role you need to be in a position to be able to demonstrate your abilities and value to a potential employer and this can only be achieved by obtaining skills that employers are looking for today. By enrolling with a business that will help and offer career guidance you will be taking the first step towards to achieving your long term ambitions. Your career path will be realised much faster if you can offer what employers want and what they want is not obtained in the education system. To become a viable candidate for any job opportunity, obtain the skills and knowledge that will give you an advantage over the competition. Once you are offered a job you can then look to build on what you have learned and develop your career to release your full potential.