As a student, you are not only concerned about your studies but also about the future. You may often be made to consider your future career and how your studies can be used to reach your goal. Of course, it’s very common for students to hear that they have to study hard in order to get their dream job and it’s not wrong. Studying can help you get good grades that can also help in opportunities that could lead you to the perfect job but in these modern times, grades are not all there is. There are also other aspects that will help you be ready for work in the future. We have gathered some of the factors that you can also focus on aside from your studies that may help you land that dream job.
Never underestimate the power of socializing and getting to know new people. Networking is also one of the ingenious ways for you to help get that dream job. Gaining connections is also important as it provides you with the opportunities to get to know other people, their interests, and their knowledge. And having fresh information can help you make wiser decisions in the future.
When you get to talk with people and discuss interests, there’s a possibility for you to relate with one another which could also be used as a stepping stone towards your goals. Common interests help in making connections with people and they will tend to be more comfortable around you when they know you have something in common to talk about or are passionate about the same things. As such, you can also learn from the experiences of others. You can also talk with people who can give you life lessons or more information about things you are interested in.
In order to expand your social network and avoid being confined to one social circle, it is beneficial to get to know people from various backgrounds. You might be astonished if you step outside your comfort zone and engage with brand-new acquaintances. However, if you do find that your network is quite limited to the people you already know well, you can also sign up for different events that may be a way for you to interact with different people. You can also do volunteering or search for a part-time job that can help you do the same. These will help in making networking easier and more natural for you.
And because you would be interacting with different people from different walks of life, it also builds your social skills which are extremely important at any stage in your life. It can be challenging at the very beginning but striking up a conversation is always a good opportunity to make new friends.
Nothing beats the good old technique of planning ahead. Making early plans for the career you want can make it easier for you to achieve your objective. And that also works for something long-term like the job that you want or the career path that you wish to pursue. If you are unsure of what you want to do in the future, there is no need to worry. Plans are more of a guide for you to get to where you want to be. However, you can also do your own research on the different routes that are possible for you.
You should also consider what you can contribute to the table like the strengths that can help you land that dream job. There are other factors to consider as well like salary. It’s important to research and have an idea of the salary range for the job that you are looking to get into and if it could support you financially. Another factor to greatly consider is the work-life balance that the job offers. Under this factor, you also have to know what kind of working environment you are more comfortable in or thrive in. The kind of colleagues and superiors that you may have also factor greatly.
Determine the path you need to take to get there once you have a general notion of your final objective. As an example, if you want to be a comic book/graphic novel artist, you can start by taking drawing classes, courses that can help you get the hang of the tools you would be using, tutorial videos, and start practicing on your own or with friends who have the same interests. Don’t also forget to keep a collection of your work so that you can show your passion and experience to your future employers.
Young students may find the working world to be highly confusing because there is so much to learn about it. Students in Singapore have a lot of opportunities to learn more, which is a blessing. For example, there are programs that are part of the curriculum that students can visit industries or universities, do career talks, etc.
Aside from that, there are also several seminars organized which you can keep a look out for. Some may be publicized through posters or sent as a newsletter through your school email. There are many opportunities for you to learn more about a certain industry you are interested in so in your free time, you can set aside some to expand your knowledge by taking advantage of those opportunities that you have access to.
Times are changing and what may be deemed as an indispensable skill in your career of interest in the future may not be as needed. This is why upskilling is also very important. Once you get to learn something or be interested in it, there is no reason for you to just stay with the skills you currently have. You may be able to improve those skills but also learning more can give you an advantage.
For example, if you are interested in creating comics, you can also upskill and try learning a little bit about animation. There are several open online academies and courses that you can take to help you out. As such, there are also tutorial videos you can watch to hone this new skill. So, if you do get the opportunity to be presented as an artist in the future, you can also add to your list of skills that you also have animation knowledge.
Students now have greater power in shaping their futures thanks to changes and improvements in our culture and educational systems. You don’t have to limit yourself to only studying while you’re a student; you can get a head start on achieving your objectives. While you’re still young, you should make use of the chances you have and utilize the time and resources at your disposal.
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