One of the greatest challenges any fresh graduate will face is finding a job after finishing university. I would know; I have been doing internships for almost a year now, waiting for THE job to finally come and save me from that horrible word: unemployment.
However, if that right job just doesn’t seem to be coming along, should you settle for any job, even if it’s out of your field and not what you initially planned on doing with your life? Well, you have to weigh up your options and decide what’s best for you and your future.
Settling for any career option may be leading you in the wrong direction, especially if you are one of those ambitious types, with high hopes and big dreams.
Avoid dead-end career paths
Sometimes, with a lot of jobs, you may develop certain skills that you can use when you finally score that one opportunity you have been waiting for. But it’s also best not to stray too far away from what you initially wanted to go for.
Its, of course, difficult for those of us who have been unemployed for a while now and are tempted take anything they can get. But you wouldn’t want to be an engineer, for example, and end up teaching English, if, that is not something you would want to be doing for the rest of you career, I mean.
Just remember to list the benefits which you’ll be getting out of a certain job. If there are too many negatives with going for it, it may not be the best option for you.
Think about the experience you’re getting
Always think about how a certain job and the skills you get out of it will be helpful to you in the future. With anything you end up doing, you will rack up experience in that particular industry.
Also, if you happen to get stuck in a certain area or position, it may be harder for you to later switch and therefore, you may get stuck doing something you don’t like throughout your professional career. You wouldn’t want to wake up one day, realize that you hate your job and think “what have I done?” So it’s essential you choose wisely.
Of course, it’s always easier said than done, believe me. But luckily you can gain essential skills through almost any job, including administrative work, time management, and leadership. Just try to create a balance between what you want to do with your career and what you need to do to build experience.