It’s been three years since threw my cap in the air as I graduated from university and entered the world of employment. Since then I have had numerous jobs; jobs I wanted and jobs I didn’t want, but three years later I have found myself settling into a role that allows me to say “I love my job.”
After finishing university, you are expected to land a job in your field of study. If you are lucky enough to bag a graduate job, the transition period is much smoother but If you are like and didn’t, you probably found yourself searching high and low for a job, any job…every job. I studied PR and then went on to do a Masters degree in Journalism and I was fortunate enough to have good contacts and a good enough portfolio to allow me to do freelance work and I eventually secured permanent work.
It may have taken me three years to find my feet, but within those years I have learned valuable lessons that helped me to land the role as the marketing manager of a boutique fitness studio.
If you thinking about making a career move or are struggling to identify the next steps to take in order to further your career, here are few things that I have learned whilst climbing the career ladder.
Exhaust Your Resources
When you are looking to make a career move, start with your network of friends and expand outwards. Try to find someone who works in the industry that you want to break into or the company that you would like to work for. They might not be able to hand you a job, but they may be able to point you in the right direction or tell you the next steps that you need to take in order to go from A to B. You’ll be surprised to see easy it is to oragnise a meeting with someone in the industry.
Prepare Yourself For The Interview
At this stage you probably haven’t even applied for a job, but start preparing for the interview that will get you the job you want. Think of answers to competency questions and identify your strengths. Why should they hire you and what can you bring to the company? Businesses often like to think that they’re doing you a favour by offering you a job but I always make sure that my elevator pitch includes an element of “what I can do for you” to highlight my uniqueness and to remind them that it’s I who is doing them a favour!
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For More Money
When you are starting a new job, you won’t have an opportunity better than this to negotiate your pay. If the job spec offers you a range, go for the top end of the range. They have the budget for it so have the balls to ask for it. If you are looking for a pay rise, asking for more money can be a little bit trickier. First you have to pluck up the courage to have the awkward conversation with your boss and then you have to wait to see if your company can fulfill your request. But that shouldn’t put you off, don’t be afraid to ask for more money. The worst thing that could possibly happen is that they say ‘no’ and make a dent in your ego.
A career move doesn’t happen over night. It took me three years to find a job that ticked all the boxes and then some. It’s a lengthily process and you’ll probably experience a few setbacks that will knock your confidence, but keep climbing the career ladder and don’t be afraid to look back to see how far you have grown and developed as an individual.