“I went to a Canadian college for performing arts and then I auditioned for Canadian Idol. That honestly was my golden ticket.” Pop Singer-Actress Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe)
Can you imagine your life after college? Most of us students tend to wait until it is too late; we wait until we graduate so that we can start searching for jobs. This is one of the major causes of unemployment. It is the lack of early planning that causes all the trouble of circulating CVs around town, from one company door to another. How can you minimize the chance of having to sweat this much considering getting a job this days is rather difficult? For one, the potential employer would need an experienced person. No matter how smart you are, you ought to rethink about your future as far as career is concerned. One of the ways to get started is to start networking.How do you network? Does your school hold conferences, motivational meetings, exchange programs and company tours? Well, it doesn’t have to offer all those but at least you get to meet some of the people who inspire you through your learning course. Talk of the fashion designer you look up to in your locality, talk of the news anchor you admire. Always keep alert on such events where you get to meet these people. Some of them are free-to-attend workshops.
Once you meet them, ask them questions on their careers; how did they make it? What are the challenges they had? What are some of the plans they have for their future? By the way, you do not have to wait for your school to arrange such events. You can always go to the offices during holidays and request information, get to talk to some of the people who work there. They will not dismiss you! Just highlight your will to learn. They may have a few points and referrals at your disposal. You can also volunteer at a charity so that you get practical knowledge and experience working, so good for your resume. I can attest this. When I got to finish high school, I really wanted to get a job as I waited to get admitted to campus. I however, kept in mind that I needed a short course. I went to an ICT training company in town, just adjacent to the Safaricom headquarters. There, I met a lady who shed some light on what courses were the best suited for me. She gave me links to a college in town where I would get the best training. She had previously studied there, gotten an internship there and was working as an Education Account Manager the time I met her. The next time I called her, she told me that she was working for Microsoft East and Southern Africa. She even invited me sometime to the office and wow! She had really advanced in her career. She had grown. Her advice has helped me get where I am. I currently work for an ITeS/BPO company while studying.
One of the best steps to get a job is an internship. From the Microsoft Jobs Blog, I have an amazing story of a lady to share. She has tips on getting prepared for your job while in college. She is Ronnie Greenstein, a Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET), Microsoft Israel. Here is her the rest of her story: Internship smarts from an Israeli SDET: 5 ways to ace post-college life When I started my university degree six years ago, the thought of working for Microsoft as a software development engineer in test was nothing but a pipe dream. Thanks to a friend who referred me to Microsoft, I managed to land myself an internship at what was and is the most successful technology company in the world. Having worked my way up from intern to full-time employee post-graduation, I am now part of the team responsible for the back-end online service that supports Windows Defender, Microsoft’s anti-virus software. How could you follow suit? Here are five smart ways to lay the foundation for your own career. 1. Get focused while you’re still in school. So often people study a degree without understanding why they are taking certain courses or how the course will someday benefit them in the workplace. This is what’s great about an internship. With the Students Excellence Program, you get to study and work at the same time, giving you a true preview of what it is like to work in the tech industry. It really helps put your course work into perspective and ensure you are investing your efforts in the right place. For me, testing was always my passion but had I not worked as an intern at Microsoft, this would have been harder to realize and to further refine my skills
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