Most graduates did not end up in a career that matched what they studied. I know I didn’t. When I finished my studies, I had no idea what job to look for, neither what career to pursue. All I knew was keep on moving.
The word career is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a person‘s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)“. In this definition career is understood to relate to a range of aspects of an individual’s life, learning and work.
It was in the course or progress through life itself that I found out what I am passionate at. In other words, career itself is a journey. This is a learning journey that all of us must walk through.
Getting a job after graduated is not like getting married. During this period of time, you don’t have to find a job and stick with it for the rest of your life and later call it your “career”. This is the time for you to put what you have learned into practice, to find out what are your strengths and weaknesses in the working world. How NOT to be jobless?
#1. Stop looking for your “dream job”
The numbers of people on this entire planet that got LUCKY is just too small. Most of us have to work towards our dream, we didn’t found it. You need to start somewhere in order to move one baby step closer towards what you are looking for. I know most fresh graduates refused to work and rather stay at home because they can’t seemed to find their “dream job”. Perhaps you should ask yourself, what if your “dream job” never existed in the first place and you need to create it? Start of by finding a job, regardless it has anything to do with what you have studied or not. The important thing is, GET A JOB!
#2. Stop asking for high pay that matches your certification
Just because you are graduated and got yourself some nice certificates, it doesn’t mean that you worth a certain amount of pay. Certification DOES NOT EQUAL Competency. Competency will give you higher pay but you cannot obtain competency overnight. It takes time and great amount of effort. If you want any company to pay you higher price, you need to build your competency. To do that, you need to start with #1.
#3. Gain more experience
Unfortunately, there is no way for you to UPLOAD experience into yourself. I get it, it would be nice if we could do like what Neo in The Matrix movie did. Well, it’s a movie. If you have gone through many interviews, and you are not being selected, chances they are looking for candidates with more experience. Most, if not all interviewers will not tell you that. What you can do is just tell them that you are inexperienced but show the interviewers that you are a keen learner, a person who are willing to try. After all, who does not like teachable people?
#4. Find a mentor
A good mentor can help you to learn and progress faster. You can tap into your mentor’s experience and learn from them. A mentor is not your “guru” and you must not depend on your mentor. A mentor only show you the path and ultimately, you are the one that must walk through that path.
#5. Believe in yourself
No matter what situation you are in right now, have faith and believe in yourself. You might not get your “dream job” at this moment but that does not mean you will never get it. Be patient with yourself and the situation you are in right now. Believe that you will get through this sh*t and overcome the challenges. One day when you look back, you will laugh and appreciate what you have gone through.