Where do I stand in 5 years?
The final exam has been completed, the final thesis is approaching the long-awaited end and the universally disreputable seriousness of life in the form of the topic "Jobsuche" taps tirelessly on the flat-sharing door.
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?
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.
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 is inspiring, one wants to do well, prove others and oneself: "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.
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.
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 in job search. But a high salary alone does not automatically make your first job a dream job.
Many smaller companies have much more to offer than most of the graduates expect. How to (find out) what suits you and how to get it.
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