Generation Y looking for a job: Which job suits me?

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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? Best of HR –®

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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.

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.

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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!

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,

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  • 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.

So have just small and medium-sized Company often more to offer than you expect. This includes attractive training programs and additional services - and this at flat hierarchical levels as well as 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.

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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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