This post will cover these things below:
- What do you need to know before getting a job?
- Be yourself and do what you love.
- Stop complaining and thinking! Let’s work!
Last week, I attended the event which was organised by Business Society Group at Swinburne University. In this event, guest speakers demonstrated the concept of how one would be able to build up connections within the industry and elaborated on the importance of challenges and failures in everyone’s personal development by sharing their own life experiences. I was feeling hesitant at the moment since it was the first time I attended the local event, however, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and was able to interact with others. As a result, I learned a lot of things at that moment.
1. What skills do employers desire students to have before jumping into the job market?
Most college students have to study at least 3 years to get their bachelor degree. So, it is a long time to learn not only technical skills but soft skills. After listening carefully to five guest speakers, I conclude that there are four soft skills college students need to learn before graduating.
- Communication: This is one of four important skills that employers are looking for in every candidate because they require their employees to be able to talk to each other. Not only that, it is necessary for employees to be collaborative – which means they need to share what they know in order to support their colleagues and improve their connections.
- Problem solving: Due to the development of technology and the Internet, the world is more and more complex. As a result, we encounter problems every day. Those require us to think analytically and to be creative and resourceful in order to solve. In the real world, every business wants their employee to have a skill of solving problems for the purpose of avoiding risks. In addition to that, solving problems with ICT (Information Communication Technology) is also in requirement list.
“Don’t look for the solution, get into the problem and break it” (A quote for problem solving skills, especially in Computer Science)
- Be adaptive: As you know, the world is constantly changing over time. Therefore, learning to adapt to every situation is also the requirement to get into the job market. Employees need to be nimble to adapt to the changes in today’s workplace environment.
- Build your network: Relationship is the key to being successful in the job market. So, it is essential for students to learn how to build their network. As one of the speakers at the event said that getting a job was not only from the main doors but also from the back ones. Therefore, the more expansive your network is, the more opportunities you can get.
2. Be yourself and do what you love!
Following your passion is never a wrong thing to do because you are earning what you need to live by doing what you love. In addition to that, life is too short to spend it on working in a job you do not love. Therefore, it is important for you to spend 3-4 years of university on doing what you are passionate about, to step out of your comfort zone and to stop overthinking about what people think of you.
“Don’t study me, be yourself.”
This is one of the most important things I have learned at the event. A quote encourages me not to mimic someone and to be myself – which means I gain the knowledge from other people to chase my dream and to make my life more valued as possible, but not to be their duplicates. I know that some students want to get rich in their twenties or thirties as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. I also know that most of them are losing themselves – which means they are being someone else and forgot what they actually love.
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3. Stop complaining, thinking! Let’s work!
“If the opportunity doesn’t knock the door, let’s build another door.”
I know that some students tend to complain that they are too young to do things, they have no experience to find a job, they do not have enough time for doing what they love, and so on. I consider that those are foolish reasons for them to cover their laziness. How will they get more opportunities if they do not start to work? I also know that some students just think of what they want to do but then they do not do that because of personal reasons or people who scrutinise them. As I mentioned above, it is necessary to stop caring about what people think of you. Let’s work! If you do not try, you never know what you truly are. There is a long time ahead of you to experience, to try, to work hard and to achieve what you actually desire. No one can judge you if you stop complaining and thinking, and start working hard. Life is a long journey to find opportunities by doing things, but not to wait for the opportunity.
Credit: Featured Image is from Swinburne Business Society.