What to do before starting your career?

Every year millions of people graduate university and start looking for jobs. That’s a lot of people competing with each other to get the position they desire. Once you do get a job, that means 40+ hours of work per week for the rest of your life. When you’re working, it will not as easy for you to do the things you wish you had done earlier. In the spirit of having no regrets, here are three things you should do before entering the job world.

  1. Travel.

We all wish to travel and see the world, see other places that we haven’t seen before and meet people from all around the globe. Once you are working, making big trips can be more difficult because you might not have as much time, so use your time to actually plan a big trip to some place that you have always wanted to visit. You have time to find a job!

 

  1. Do a gap year

Take one year off and do whatever it is you like. You could go somewhere and help the less fortunate or pursue one of your interests you might not have had time to during college. Choose something that will make you happy and that you will not regret.

 

  1. Do an internship

Yes, interning somewhere is pretty much the same as having a job, but it’s not. As an intern you might not have as much responsibility but you still get a lot of insights into the business of your choice and you can actually benefit a lot from it. Once you enter the job world or maybe even pursue a Master’s program, you will be prepared and ready for whatever comes your way.

 

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

– Maya Angelou

Making experiences is what shapes you as a person and what can give you great advantages in your future career. There are many things to do, but ultimately you are your own person and I cannot tell you what to do. But you should really consider to make some memories or pursue an adventure if that’s what you want. Activate Your Professional Life and make memories.

Do this or you will never find a job!

Having finished your Bachelor’s degree is a great thing. You are finally done and can go out into the world and start working. But it’s also a time of many questions. Should I continue studying and go for a Master’s degree? Should I just start working?

 

It was Julius Caesar who said “Experience is the teacher of all things.”

While it is great to be at university to learn all things theoretical and make sure you have an understanding of your preferred subject, it is absolutely vital that you get some experience before entering the working world.

 

Everyone knows that already. Most people who are hiring are already expecting you to have some kind of experience in the field, but what can you do to distinguish yourself from the masses?

The answer is simple. Go abroad. Show your employers that you are able to work in an international team, that you have the communication skills to work with practically anybody, that you can work well in new environments, that you value the input of different people to reach the best possible end result. This is what employers will be impressed by, this is what will get you ahead.

 

According to NACE’s Job Outlook survey, 80% of employers are looking for people who have some kind of leadership experience. One of our fundamental values in AIESEC is to develop leadership in young people as we believe that it is the fundamental solution to the world’s issues. We try to do this with our exchange programs, to put young people in challenging situations and through that develop this and many more skills in them.

 

Apart from all of those facts, another reason to go abroad for your internship is just simply to go abroad. You have a lot of time when you are young to experience the world and see other places. By traveling abroad for your internship, you can combine traveling with gaining work experience. You will have the option to immerse yourself in a different culture and actually experience it much more closely and who knows, maybe you will discover that place as a potential place to start your future.

So don’t hesitate and Internationalise your Professional Life.

Masters? Not Yet

So you just finished your Bachelor right? You’re thinking what to do next and you’re considering doing a Master. Let me tell you why you should wait.

These days, we live in a very competitive world where getting the job you want, can be difficult. There are lots of people applying and they all have a degree and certain qualifications. So how can you differentiate yourself from the crowd and actually get the position you want?

Do something that not everyone is doing. During your studies it can be hard to gain experience in the field which most people who are hiring demand. However, as soon as you finish your Bachelor, instead of going straight to your Master, you should take some time off and work.

You actually get a better understanding of your subject. When you’re studying, there is a lot of theory and you educate yourself but it can be difficult to imagine how to actually apply this knowledge. Once you do an internship and you get to see all of it in practice, as soon as you begin your Master studies again, you will comprehend the theory much better because you will be able to visualize it.

Once you start your job, you are not as flexible anymore as you were as a student. You should really take this time to also go abroad and travel, to see the world while you’re still young.

With AIESEC, you get to do all that. You can go on a Global Talent internship. You get to go abroad, and work in a field of your choice, while gaining an understanding of international affairs and deepening your practical knowledge, which will undoubtedly be an incredible asset to your experience and will surely look very impressive to any person hiring you later in life.

You will also feel much more secure when you enter the professional world, if you have been part of it before. It will not seem new to you and you will get accustomed to your new position much easier and will succeed much more.

Doing an internship after finishing your Bachelor’s degree can catapult you forward and you will surely not regret it.

Don’t Give Up

Living in this fast paced, competitive world of ours, there is a lot of pressure on us from a very young age. Get good grades, have extracurricular activities, get into a good university etc. It’s hard to manage all of those things.

When I was growing up I was learning several languages, doing sports learning an instrument and all of this next to school. When I started university, this didn’t change. I am a person who likes to keep busy because I believe that it makes you grow as a person.

But this also has its downsides. There are days when all of us think “why am I doing this right now?” or “I don’t want to do it anymore”. Staying motivated is a difficult task but there are ways to ensure that. When I feel overwhelmed with work, I like to take some time off and just do things that I really enjoy where I don’t have to think about my work load. I spend time with my friends where I can just relax.

Sometimes what really helps me as well is just being by myself. Most of the time I am surrounded by a lot of people and it can get very overwhelming so sometimes being at home, reading a book or watching a movie can do wonders for my motivation.

However, what I noticed is that when your work is what you love you can achieve incredible things. Find something that you enjoy, go after it and you will have all the motivation you need. Don’t give up when something doesn’t work out, just keep going. Success is not measured by your achievements but by how many times you are able to stand up again after you fall.

You have to go out there, make new experiences, step outside of your comfort zone and you will discover what it is that you want to do.