Choosing a career path can seem daunting. Applying for your first job and setting out a path to a successful career that best suits you can take time. It’s likely to shift multiple times in your working life, so you’ll probably think about your career path more than just once. According to the US Department of Labor, the average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life and approximately 30% of the total workforce will change jobs every 12 months.
We’ve put together a guide to help you throughout your work life, including tips for your first job, steps to start thinking about setting up a career that’s best for you, and ideas on boosting your CV, which is one of the important tools in facilitating your work life.
How To Get Your First Job
Getting your first job is the initial step into learning valuable and transferable skills as well as starting to create your network of professionals. It can also give an indication into the type of industry you might like or dislike, shaping your future career.
Check out some tips on how to get your first job:
1. Think about your likes, interests, and strengths
Beginning your first job is always overwhelming, so going into something that has elements of your interests and strengths is going to help ease that, and most likely give you a little confidence when you start. Researching jobs that you are more likely to enjoy is a key step in kick-starting your career. For example, if you’re a creative person who loves writing, there’s no point applying for jobs in data heavy industries that you’re not going to enjoy – and vice versa!
Looking for jobs with elements of your previous interests or strengths is more likely going to end up in success – you’ve probably had previous experience with skills relevant to the job you’re applying to.
2. Set your expectations & think about your experience
Your first job might not be your dream one, or one that gets you the most money! High-paying jobs are more likely to require prior experience, which you might not have as a newbie to the working world. As a result, you should set realistic expectations and take any opportunities you can. They’ll be invaluable for your career development and provide you with plenty of experience and transferable skills for later down the line.
3. Network with who you can
Although you might not have a broad professional network yet, networking with friends, family, peers, and whoever else you can is invaluable when looking for a job. Put simply, the more connections you have, the more likely you are to be presented with job opportunities organically, and these connections will stay with you for a long time after your first job.