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Preparing for your career is important so that you are able to head straight for the top of the career ladder within the first couple of years after taking on a new position. Although establishing the career that you want and the steps that you should take to achieve this can be difficult, here are some of the ways that you can prepare for your future career.
1. Go to College
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Going to college is one of the first steps that you should take toward specializing in a certain industry. College allows you to learn the basics of any subject, which you can then put into practical use in your later job roles. Going to college can help you to find out about the careers surrounding your subject and the pathways that you can take toward them. Many courses also give you the opportunity to work in a hands-on environment alongside your studies. Additionally, college courses will allow you to keep up-to-date with industry developments that may affect the type of jobs that are available to you and the responsibilities of your dream career. If you want to go to college, you need to write the perfect college resume and application form, and you may also have to attend an interview in order to gain a place.
2. Build Your Soft Skills
However, it is not just your academic learning that needs to continue to grow as you prepare for your career. You also need to increase and build upon your soft skills. Many employers look for certain soft skills on your resume, and these include team-building, leadership, and problem-solving. They may also look for certain personality traits, such as confidence or resilience. To build up your soft skills, you should consider participating in non-academic activities alongside your studies, such as a sports team, and looking for work experience that may help you to employ industry-specific skills.
3. Make an Action Plan
One of the best ways to prepare for your future is to have a secure idea of what you want to do and the steps that you need to take to achieve this. Start an action plan which covers all of the skills that you need to build, the courses, and licenses which you need to achieve. Then look at the job positions that you need to obtain in order to build on your experience and advance up the career ladder toward your dream role.
4. Know the Job Search Process
The biggest step in preparing for your future career is actually getting your first job. To do this, you should have an in-depth knowledge of the job-hunting process, such as perfect interview etiquette and the best websites on which to look for a job. Finesse your skills on how to write a perfect job resume and cover letter (but this shouldn’t be too difficult as you will still have the knowledge from completing your college resume), and how to network in order to find out about available positions. Preparing for the job search process should also include creating a detailed portfolio that can showcase your previous work and expertise.
5. Use Career Services
Using career services can aid you in preparing for your career. They can give you guidance on your application forms, help you to find work experience and available job positions in your area, and even allow you to establish what job you want to do. Although many colleges provide career services, you should also look for local career fairs that are attended by many famous businesses, as well as career counseling services that can give you one-on-one feedback on your goals.