Prepare Yourself For The Dream Career From College Itself
For the last two weeks, I had been constantly in touch with freshers in my college, interacting with them and learning from them. During the orientation days, We had to introduce them to our Sig-ML group and I took it as an opportunity to get to know them. During the session and the weeks that followed, they shared a lot about their dream career, expectations about the college and how they feel about the new atmosphere.
Most of them were curious to know about the campus recruitment process. But, when asked about their action plan to get a job, they were almost confused. It is a common mistake, I would say. A big fraction think that they will get a job if they complete the course with the cutoff marks. No, it is not like that.
When an institute guarantees placement after a course, it doesn’t mean that you will get a job, whatever you do. The institute can bring companies to the campus for recruitment. But, if the companies don’t find any value in you, you are no good. So, what I am trying to say is that, you have to be prepared. You have to prepare yourself for the dream career from college itself. You need an action plan.
You need an action plan. Not for your final semester, but from your first day at college itself. And make sure that you follow the plan. I have seen a lot of students not getting placed, just because they didn’t know what they were trying to achieve.
I receive a lot of calls from my friends as well as strangers asking for information about Walk-in interviews. When I ask them about what kind of a job they are looking for or what skills do they have, their answer usually is “I don’t know. They are recruiting freshers. So, they will be providing some sort of training to make us industry ready, once we get the job.” It is true that most companies will be conducting an initial three-month or six-month training program for the new recruits. But, to get the job, you need some elementary skills and knowledge.
When you are attending an interview for a web development company and they ask you about the skills you have, you can’t just say, “I have learned the basics of HTML and CSS in my web development course.” It is not that simple. It is a highly competitive world and only the fittest will survive. So, the question is, Do You Want To Survive?
Step One: Your Dream Career
If you are doing a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, it is obvious that you want to be a mechanical engineer. (Or, is it? Even engineering degrees are becoming more like a basic qualification these days rather than a specialization. Let us just ignore it for the time being.) I am referring to something much deeper here. A computer engineer can be a python or java programmer, data analyst or ethical hacker, front end or back end developer and so on. A teacher can work at a school or college, choose private or public institutions, become a full-timer or freelancer. Similar thing applies to all other fields.
This is important. And it is important to do this in your first semester itself. You may change your plans once you learn more about the field or when you find something more promising and attractive. Still, it is better to have a plan than having nothing at all.
Step Two: Create Your Master Plan
Always make a plan. Once you have decided what your dream career is, create a master plan that will ultimately lead you to fulfillment of your dream. You should ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do you want to work?
- What is the salary package that you expect?
- Will you be interested in continuing your studies even if you get a job?
- Where do you see yourself after 10-15 years?
- Do you have any personal connections that can help you to get to your dream job?
Once you find answers for these, you can start making your plan. Point out in detail, what are your expectations and dreams. Set your goals and objectives based on that. And once you are done with the plan, start implementing it.
Step Three: Brand Yourself
Believe it or not, Social Media has emerged as an influencing factor in job interviews these days. Companies will be evaluating your social media presence before they hire you. Be professional. You can share what you like, may it be a movie, band or a cat video. But, make sure you are keeping the balance. And Social Media doesn’t mean just Facebook. Maintain a professional and up-to-date LinkedIn profile as well as others. Brand Yourself. Speak about your dreams and ideas, follow stuff related to your career ad share your experiences.
Maintaining an active account in Quora can also be a lot helpful. An active Quora account can be a game changer. Quora can be a great way to learn new stuff. If you don’t know what Quora is or how to use it, read our article on Making Quora your Learning Companion.
Step Four: Brace Yourself
Things won’t be as easy as you expect them to be. But, you can stay on the race, if you are well prepared. Once you have identified where you want to work, keep yourself updated about the company and the job title. You should be aware about the company’s workflow and any changes in it as if you are already working there.
Above all, be confident and work hard. Be ready to update your knowledge and be open to admit your mistakes. I hope now you will be able to make the right decision. Create your plan and follow it. Follow it, whatever happens.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So, be prepared. Be What You Really Are. All the best.