If you’re unsure exactly what path you want your career to take, fear not.  As an almost, or recent graduate, you’ll be equipped with the skills and willingness to learn that many employers need for their entry level roles. But it’s still important that you consider the type of job you’d be happy in.

Set yourself realistic expectations and think about the industries or types of roles that best match your skills, personality and values - consider the following.

 Your skills

You are unlikely to be hired for a role that requires skills you don’t possess, though, you would be frustrated working in a position that doesn’t utilise the ones you do have. Don’t worry if you feel your business acumen isn’t up to scratch. When you start in an entry level role or a graduate scheme, part of your employer’s responsibility is to teach you new skills and encourage your learning.

 Challenges 

If you’re studying for, or have studied for, a degree then you’ll know what really motivates you and what pushes you too far. It’s important to be challenged at work for stimulation and productivity levels. Having to do the same thing day-in and day-out will become monotonous and result in a lack of enjoyment. When searching for a job consider whether the role will be challenging enough while making use of your skills and knowledge.

 Salary 

While it would be nice to pay off that student debt fast, the reality is you’re unlikely to be offered a very highly paid job straight away. There are exceptions to this of course, depending on what you studied at university. The most important thing is that your salary should provide fair compensation matched with your skills. Find out how performance is measured and how often it is reviewed; you might have to accept a lower offer as a graduate with the hope of proving yourself and receiving a pay rise at a later date. 

 Company culture

Enjoying your place of work is just as important as the work itself. Find out what you can about the company’s values to make sure they align with your own. Research the management and the company’s financial position to give you an idea of what’s to come in the future. A little bit of research can go a long way in helping you find a suitable position. 

 Career progression opportunities

A key factor in job satisfaction is what opportunities are available for growth. Ensure the job has clear prospects for career development. You can do this by asking if the employer provides a professional training and development programme.

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