You have just left college this year, and you have your degree in hand. You worked hard for it, you spent years dedicating your life to it, and now it’s finally paid off. Now, you are ready to pursue your dream job, the ultimate career. But how do you do this? The answer might not be quite as simple as you think. Many people assume that there will be a job waiting for them once they leave college, but this isn’t always true.
The job market is rough right now and incredibly competitive with many people struggling to get noticed by potential employers. Some students are being told by their professors that it could take them six months to find a job in their chosen industry. As such, it might be worth thinking about kissing the idea of finding your dream job goodbye.
You have three basic choices when you leave college and start to think about pursuing a career. You can be a freelancer – working for yourself. You can start climbing the career ladder by taking a basic job in a big business. Or, you can start your own company and become an entrepreneur. We’re going to look at each of these possibilities in turn and explore the benefits and disadvantages of these choices.
The key benefit here is in the name. You’re free, and that gives you a lot more independence and even more choices. You’ll be able to decide how you want to work when you want to work and where you want to work. You can choose to work from home. Or, perhaps you should consider operating as a hire for large businesses. It all depends on the type of job model that you want to set up.
The other benefit of working as a freelancer is that you can choose who you work for. This means you will never be tied down to a job you hate with an employer you despise. You will be able to move around whenever you want, choosing your employers freely.
However, with this much freedom, there is very little security. Working in freelance, you won’t always have a permanent contract that you’re working on. That might mean periods through the year where you see very little work, and this can be an issue. It can mean that you do not have a fixed income that you can rely on.
As such, you will need to keep a lot of pots on the stove, making sure that there is always something that can give you an income. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a difficult situation. That’s why freelancers often blog, are active on social media, and take guest positions as well as filling in at companies where workers have gone off sick.
If you want to be a freelancer, you need to get started by setting up a profile online. You can do this on a network such as Linkedin. All that’s required is that people can find you online and understand what you can bring to their business.
Climbing The Ladder
The alternative option would be to choose to enter the job market. Getting started here is about making sure that you are seen as a quality hire and that you have a unique selling point. This could be anything such as a second language. A second language could be very useful, particularly in a business where many of the employees are from different cultures and parts of the world. Don’t forget, that the entire business market is globalized these days. If you can make sure you can connect and communicate effectively with different parts of the market, you could be seen as an essential hire.
You need to make sure that you are working hard on your CV as well. It’s crucial that you do your best to ensure it stands out and looks professional. You need to highlight the key points that make a cut above the rest as a potential hire.
But what are the benefits of this choice? Well, once you find a position, you will have stability. You’ll know that assuming you aren’t fired, there’s always going to be an income coming into your account.
The other benefit is that if you work hard, you can rise to the top of the market and gain a key position in business. You just need to show your employer that you are someone that they can trust and who they should spend time building up to take a key position. Once that happens, you’ll earn a larger income, gain more responsibilities and cement yourself as part of the business.
The disadvantages here are that it can take a while to reach a position where the pay is attractive. Furthermore, while it should provide more stability, this isn’t always the case. Many business owners are now favoring using temporary freelance contracts to reduce costs and avoid providing employees with benefits.
Running A Company
The final option would be to set yourself up as an entrepreneur and run your own benefits. You will need to make sure you have the right skills to run a company. You can learn a lot if you pursue a bachelors in business leadership and you might already have a similar qualification. If you don’t, that’s definitely one of the disadvantages. You might not be finished with your education because there is a lot you will need to learn to be an effective business leader.
The other disadvantage of this option is that it’s risky. You’ll have to borrow money to set up the company, and if your business fails, it could leave you in a lot of debt. Once you’ve begun this process, it’s very difficult to step back from it.
That said, the benefits speak for themselves. You’ll have no boss to answer to, and any profits you make will be yours. You can choose who works for you, who your business will target for customers, and the type of position your company will take on the market. It could be a fantastic opportunity. You just need to have the right frame of mind to get it to work.
These are the choices that lie in front of you once you finish college with your first degree. Which one will you choose?