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  • Writer's pictureAmaka Uche

Tips for starting your career journey

I’ve always loved the month of September! It always reminds me of a mini-new year! Like many other recent graduates across the country, you may be getting ready to start your new graduate role, or waiting for graduate employers to reopen their applications! This may be a time of anxiety or excitement for you. Starting your career is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. It will ultimately shape the trajectory of your life! However fear not, here are my top tips and advice for students at university, or those who have graduated recently for advice on starting your careers.

Tip 1: My top piece of advice is that you find a role that you will enjoy. You are going to spend at least 8 hours a day at work, you might as well enjoy it! I would advise that you look for a role that will interest you, challenge you and excite you rather than simply going after a job because of the salary. Be passionate about what you get to do, or the role you are applying for!

Tip 2: I believe it is very important to know what your natural abilities are. You really do have an amazing skills set, therefore align yourself to roles that are able to show off what you can do and the value you can bring to a role or a company. The more you work according to your natural abilities, the more likely you will excel in your job and future career. It is very important to know yourself and what you are good at. Focus and play on your strengths when applying for a job role rather than focusing all your attention on your weaknesses. I have been on the website which has helped me find out my strengths!

Tip 3: Think of your career as a series of experiences. The most optimistic and intelligent way to look at your career isn’t how long you stay with one employer. I have learned that you will need to collect experiences throughout your careers, whether that be with five employers or ten, with one business departments or five or in one country or three. Due to this, be excited at the prospect of being a lifelong learner if you want to make an impact, succeed and feel accomplished. The experiences you have expand your world view, give you new perspectives and make you a more interesting and employable person.

These tips have been imperative in helping me to get to where I am now. Think about where you see yourself in the future, and then make a plan based on theses three tips in order to end up doing what you love!

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