5 Essential Tips for Career Planning in College

5 Essential Tips for Career Planning in College
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    For a lot of people, the last time they actively make a career choice is when they choose their college.

    From that moment on, they might change jobs, develop new competencies and change roles and companies, but will sit in the same career for the rest of their life.

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Can you really rely on your 18 year old self for such an important decision? Clearly, the answer is no.

But this answer is not enough. People need to understand that if you prepare correctly, you can change careers multiple times on the course of your life. The first and most important tip is to not be afraid, while understanding that any domain can be learned. From that point on, the sky is the limit, but a few tips would be good, wouldn’t they? Here are our main ideas on the subject.

1. Take career planning into your own hands

Don’t neglect networking and research – try to find out what your dream job or dream career is. After this step, don’t rely on a company or teacher for your development. Take control of it, take free courses online, learn the necessary skills and put yourself out there. You are responsible of this career choice, and recruiters and future managers will surely appreciate your initiative.

2. Make career planning a recurrent event

Try to think about your career at least once a year. In these meetings with yourself, set up (realistic) objectives and planned activities and follow them. This way you will always be in control of your career and know what your future plans are.

3. Invest in transferable skills

We’re sure that each domain has its necessary technical requirements. But apart from those, every domain values proactivity, good communication skills, time management, ability to speak foreign languages and other such skills. Investing time and effort into these skill trees is valuable because you will take these with you in any job or career you take on.

4. Review the job market periodically

Are you working in a nearly-dead domain? Will your job be taken over by a machine in a few years? This might sound unrealistic for you at this time, but remember the millions of people that lost their jobs in manufacturing because a robot could do it better. Also, try to see what careers will be lucrative in the future and plan your changes accordingly. Bonus tip: learn to code if possible.

5. Keep note of past accomplishments

Your resume will be the main tool you will use in trying to change careers. If you just list job tasks there, will these be relevant to your future employer? Probably not. Keep note of your accomplishments and results so your resume is a list of great accomplishments, not just a dull task list. Especially if you plan on changing careers, your resume has to say “I succeeded and will succeed in the future. “

These are just a few tips we have on planning your career in the long run. Share this article on social media to spark a debate among your friends – maybe some of them have already made a significant career change in the past. You will also receive insights from various industry domains. Who knows where your future dream job lies?

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