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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Transition from School to Work

This is it! You’re optimistic; fresh out of college and excited to embark on the journey ahead. You’re determined to find a job that suits you.

Yet as you stare at your desktop, it all suddenly feels overwhelming. How do you even find a job? What should you do first? Where do you start?

Fear not, here are five tips to help better prepare your transition from school to the workplace, and jumpstart your career.

1. Build your resume 

When looking for jobs, it’s important to have an idea of the kind of work you would want to do. What type of career do you want? Once you figure that out, ensure the experiences you put on your resume are relatively similar or suited for the industry you’re interested in.

Put your most relevant and important information first. Incorporate your internship experiences, some outstanding achievements you have, and skills that are relevant to your potential employer.

KEY TIP: Make sure your resume is easy to read and straightforward. When employers review resumes, they have limited time so readability is important. Choose a professional font and clean layout. Score brownie points by keeping it brief, concise, and in active language!

2. Bank on other skills 

Build out your strengths. Are you good at teamwork or time management? Utilize that. How about graphic design or accounting? Hone that. Working on improving your skillset is helpful to growing your career, or earning a job in a different industry of your choice. 

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It’s never too late to develop a skill. Be open to feedback. Enroll in online courses. Look for personal and professional mentors who can help you with your career growth.

KEY TIP: One way to identify your skill set is by looking at what comes easy and naturally to you. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? What abilities do you get praised on? 

3. Do your research 

If you want to reach a certain destination, you open your maps app and find out how to get there. This is what research does: it helps steer you in the right direction. 

Doing research will give you an idea of the skills and experiences you need to highlight in order to have a shot at the job of your dreams. Look at the company’s culture, values, and history. 

Read through the job description. Know what they are looking for.  List down how your experiences can be a better fit for what they’re looking for. 

KEY TIP: How do you start on research? Read through the company’s official website and look through their social media profiles. Check on company news, recent events, and highlights. Get a better sense of the culture of your company and industry in general.

4. Nail your interview 

It’s never good to come to a battle unarmed. Make sure you’re well-prepared. Try practicing answering some questions in a mirror. Know what you can add to the table that other interviewees can’t. 

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Study your resume. Become familiar with the list of accomplishments you indicated, and come prepared when you get asked to expound on it. Remember to engage. Build rapport with your interviewer. Show up with confidence. 

KEY TIP: Prepare two to three questions before your interview. Ask about the job, the company culture, or job expectations. This allows you to properly evaluate whether it’s a fit, and also shows your interviewer you are serious about the position.

5. Keep your options open

Good job! You went through the process of applying for a job. Now, what? Sometimes, you get it on the first try. Other times, you have to wait a while.

However, do not be discouraged. Explore other potential options. Look through other companies you’re interested in. Read through job descriptions and search for those that suit your abilities and goals. If you keep going and keep trying, you will find the right fit. 

KEY TIP: Make the decision-making easier by listing out your goals. Get clear about what you want to do. Narrow it down to two to three possibilities. This will help you concentrate your effort, energy, and time on options and companies you are actually excited about. 

By preparing a functional resume, developing different skill sets, doing meticulous research, preparing for your interview, and being open to possibilities, you are on your way to finding your dream job and are better prepared for the transition from school to the workplace!

Know that opportunities always come when you look for it. Keep your chin up. As Mark Twain would say, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” You don’t have to have it all figured out. Just be brave enough to take that first step.

GSC Philippines is one of the Global Service Centres (GSCs) in one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world, a network of offshore operations which are positioned across Asia, Europe, and North America. Inaugurated in 2004, it has two offices located at Muntinlupa City and Quezon City, with more than 5,000 colleagues serving over 39 countries around the world.

 

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