With millions of college graduates entering the legitimate job market within the next year, the main question employers will be asking is, "How skilled and prepared will this workforce be?" Many undergrads will be compelled to stay in school, increasing the school loan burden and attempting to improve their chances of being hired. Without a clear career strategy or focus, however, it is likely that this first "real" job will last a year.
Several trends that employers have noted most recently in new grads include:
Lack of awareness concerning the conditions required for work. (Quick turnover)
Too little ambition. (Unmotivated to work)
High expectations of the employer coupled with low job performance. (Demand much from the employer, only give a little back)
Minimal concern for creating a positive, professional reputation. (No long-term career strategies)
Poor critical thinking skills irrespective of degree level. (Lack professional work maturity)
In the eyes of employers, these behaviors illustrate risk when hiring new grads. To pursue a career that makes the best use of your talents and passions, weigh it in terms of how it satisfies you both personally and financially. Here are some tips for those willing to fall in love with their career and encourage employers to fall in love with you.
1. Decide what you want; draw up a long-term career plan "on paper."
2. Forego the graduate degree until you have “worked” through your undergraduate discipline.
3. Consider waiting to take the final plunge by “test driving” jobs through multiple internships.
4. Articulate and map out what you have to offer to potential employers and what you are willing to do.
5. Use your personal connections with professors, business associates, your parents’ friends to promote your value and expand your vocational reach.
6. Continually emphasize your personal potential and value by exhibiting reliability and accountability in your professional actions.