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How Graduates Can Plan Their Careers

Planning your career as a graduate.

It has been observed from research that graduates start their job search with the belief that they should enter their company or industry of choice immediately after graduation. This is not necessarily the correct way to go for the dream job. 

We suggest the below process for new graduates to getting on the path to their dream job.

1. Create a 7 – 10-year vision. Focus on the longer term, create a plan which has a clear end goal in mind. The plan should also outline any skill sets and experiences that need to be developed to reach the dream job.

2. Research individuals who do your dream job. Study the backgrounds of people who are in your dream role; this can be done through LinkedIn. Even reach out to these individuals to find out how they got to where they are today. Client Centric can revamp your LinkedIn profile.

3. Map out the path to your dream role. Identify the jobs that will help lead to your desired goal. Examine the benefits or drawbacks of moving across industries. Obtain job descriptions from various sources and create a spreadsheet of job titles and position responsibilities with each advancing stage.

4. Amend your vision as needed. Visions and paths can change over time, as interests change, and markets evolve. You may find yourself deterring from your original course, but you can evaluate the valuable skills from your short-term opportunities and applying them to your new long-term goal.

5. Share your vision with reliable mentors. Treat your vision as a private document for personal use only. However, mentors and friends can help to shape and mould the vision by sharing advice and experience from their careers. They often see skills and abilities in you that you don’t see in yourself, thus enabling them to help you get a better understanding of your strengths.

6. Get your resume and cover letter in order. Equip yourself with the best tools to search and apply for work. Get your resume and cover letter professionally written by the experts who know how to create job application documents that market and promote you.


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