We are pleased to present this series of 6 blog posts and podcasts to help college graduates make the transition from college to career.
Number 1: Know Who You Are.
Self discovery is the key to a good fit.
Understanding what you are best at can provide an easier to path to a career and a job that is good fit for both you and the employer.
7 tips to help you discover who you are:
1. Take note of the courses, those in your major and those not, where you do your best.
- These can be indicators of what you are best at.
- Consider enrolling in an elective or following a friend to a class or activity that you might not normally experience.
2. Imagine that you are AWAY FROM IT ALL – out of town with time on your hands. How do you want to spend your time? When you are surfing the Internet, what do you Google most often?
- What would you find interesting if you did not have access to a computer or the Internet?
- If you do have a computer, what do you search for, seek out, download and bookmark?
3. What do others say you are good at? Parents can be one source to consider, so can friends and others who care about you.
- Parents can be a source to consider, however they may be articulating what their career hopes are for you.
- What do professors say that you are good at?
- David: “My professors told me what I was good at and what I was not.”
- Daniel: “You are balancing a lifelong dream and making discoveries about what is the best direction for you.”
4. What do people at your college say you are good at?
- Counselors and often staff personnel are the best to give you good advice in the area of your career direction.
5. Pay attention to whom you admire the most? Who do you look up to? What do they do for a living?
- Who do you look up to and what do they do for a living?
- Make contact with them and visit them at work.
6. Buy the book, Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. You can pick up a copy on Amazon for $15.50. In the book, you will get a code to take an online test. The results will astound you with their accuracy. The book will also present you some suggested career choices based upon your 4 strengths.
- The Strengths Finder books is most often spot-on in identifying your top 4 strengths.
- The book will also suggest more job titles than you can imagine.
7. Try out a job! Being on the job, you will discover if it is right for you or not. (A mini version of this is to SHADOW someone on their job for a day.
- Invest the time to do this, your rewards will be many.
We recommend these books:
More on this in our next Blogpost / Podcast, “Your internship.”
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