Application and dream job search for young professionals: expectations vs. reality

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The search for the dream job is more agony than choice, especially for young professionals: Group or startup, trainee program or direct entry - and who needs my skills anyway? stellenangebot

Here writes for you:


Luise Köhler Luise_KoehlerLuise Köhler is an online editor at the ABSOLVENTA job exchange.


Where do I stand in 5 years?

You have just successfully completed your studies, passed the last exam, your thesis is nearing the long-awaited end and the generally disreputable seriousness of life in the form of the topic of “job search” is knocking tirelessly on the door of the shared apartment.

And now one should deal with career entry and job search. Before you know it, you should have answers. Answers to questions about your own future. What do i want to do Where do I see myself in five years? And how do I get there?

The vocation

Finding a job immediately after graduation that fulfills you completely is probably more utopia than reality. Especially in the first job is due to lack of practical experience often willing to compromise.

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Nevertheless one should not sell oneself under value as a graduate. After all, you bring with you important qualifications that offer the future employer great added value.

Take the right path

Quite apart from the above-average motivation with which career starters usually get into work.

A new phase of life inspires, you want to do your thing well, prove yourself and others: “I can do great things”.

Motivation: Creating great things in the first job - but how?

The first job should be the opportunity. Now, however, it is the case that graduates are motivated by different sources - and therefore have different demands on the employer.

Counting for some solid structures and clear instructions, others want to live their creativity, introduce ideas, and quickly take responsibility for their own projects or areas.

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What is the right approach?

Knowing what you want makes the job search process much easier. Finally, it is easier to separate the wheat from the chaff, select relevant job advertisements, and apply for a targeted and motivated job.

Based on the first practical experience gained during internships or other activities, graduates are usually given an approximate idea of ​​the conditions under which they feel comfortable.

which Company Fits me?

And you also know roughly which company structure is less suitable for your own personality and working style.

These valuable insights are now to be put into words. This gives you a practical orientation guide that clearly defines the area of ​​your own job search.

Pro and con corporate structures

For this purpose, for example, a classic pros and cons list or the modified variant, in which one holds the possible ideal case and the absolute no-gos.

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This may sound banal, but it can be a great help when looking for a job.

Checklist - pros and cons

So you should take the time before the research to put your own ideas of the first job on paper:

  • What tasks do I want to take over?
  • Which areas of activity are of particular interest to me?
  • How would I like to develop?
  • Do I want to take up the professional or managerial approach?
  • What training and further education do I expect?
  • How much salary do I want at least?
  • Is it important to me to rise in the company?
  • How much responsibility do I want to have?
  • Which company culture suits me?

Money - an important factor in job search

Money is and will remain an important factor when looking for a job. But a high salary alone does not automatically make your first job a dream job. Many smaller companies have much more to offer than the majority of the graduates expect. How to find out what suits you and how to get it.

Group or start-up, trainee program or direct entry, company car or business English - not only the demand for young talent is great, but also the range of opportunities offered by graduates with their first job. But how can you find an entry-level job that suits your own qualifications and requirements?

What do not I want to do?

With these and similar questions you should deal with the creation of your own preference list. It is also advisable to note which tasks or framework conditions are not suitable for themselves.

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Thus, not every graduate would necessarily work in a group, but the startup culture presents graduates with special challenges that are not up to everyone.

Give me that beautiful life!

The fact that dealing with one's own plans for the future triggers fears right through to mild panic attacks is a completely normal reaction.

People like security. So if you realize that you soon have to leave the comfort zone study in the direction of uncertainty, it may already tweak in the abdominal area.

Recognize the job search as an opportunity

It is important that you understand everything that comes now as an opportunity. So you should see the first job not only as a livelihood, but also as an important milestone for your own career.

In addition to the first correct salary, there is something else: perspective. And as long as possible!

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What I want?

If you have the list of your own claims in front of you, in many cases it will be shown that an appropriate salary is only one "feel-good factor" of many.

Thus, many graduates are quite willing to make cuts in salary as far as other compensation is concerned. These include, for example,

  • Training opportunities,
  • flexible working hours,
  • Mentoring programs,
  • Networking events,
  • Food vouchers,
  • the granting of travel expenses,
  • Team events
  • and corporate culture in general.

What job do I want to do?

The nature of the activity should, of course, be of enormous importance, if not the most important. After all, the profession can only become a vocation if one pursues one's own position with passion.

This does not mean that you get the most amazing tasks and the full responsibility from the very beginning in the first job. What is important is the perspective that is offered to you. If you have clear objectives - and these were also discussed with the employer - you know what you are working on. Step by step you can approach your (later) profession.

Questions do not cost anything, at most overcoming

"20 seconds of courage." This motto has brought unexpected happiness to some people. For this reason, the most important tip at the end: Your own wishes and goals should always be clearly communicated to the (future) employer.

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Small and medium-sized companies in particular often have more to offer than expected. This includes attractive training programs and additional benefits - and that with flat hierarchical levels and promising future prospects.

In the interview: Absolutely ask questions

So, if you get to know the potential employer personally, you should not only answer questions, you should also ask questions. After all, it is the company with which you jointly lay the foundation for your own career path.

And so it is like in any good interpersonal relationship: mutual listening and the open dialogue open new possibilities, avoid misunderstandings and make a strong path for a common path.

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