By average student I mean by assuming that you were scoring below 80% of marks, and/or not aiming to pursue Medical or Engineering degrees.
This article is for you—
if you are pursuing non-engineering and non-medical degrees,
if you have no clear idea of what are the viable career options for your major in college,
if you are desperate to know the steps to land in “immediate” “high-paying” job as soon as you graduate out of college.
Whichever the degree you are pursuing now, you should be more worried now than ever because with the current unemployment status for Engineering students, they are now in strong competition with you for securing your target non-engineering job positions.
So now you understand that you have lacs of competitors out there including Engineering grads.
I am not directly going to lay out a plan for you, but I am going to share certain facts that you need to know and you need to do , so that you are one step ahead of the competition.
You will find this article helpful whether you are arts student or science student or anyone who is thirsty for little guidance.
I can understand your worries very well, than your parents and teachers, because I have been there. Teachers cannot actually guide all the students individually for two reasons 1. they actually dont know (or updated) of all the opportunities to guide you 2. all their attention is on the top rank students, is it not?
If you have parents like mine, who are uneducated, who only know to pay for the education, then we cant blame them at all, isnt it?
When you search internet, there are plenty of articles talking about how to choose the right college, how to choose the right degree and how to fund your education etc., etc.,
But there is no article talk about how to qualify yourselves to become right candidate for the job.
No article talks on how job search process will destroy your confidence so that you feel like a loser and you end up settling for average paying jobs. You want some evidence?? You can find Engineering grads with distinction working their heads off in BPOs and Call-centre jobs. How you are different?
You don’t have to continue further reading if you have family business to take care of after education, because your life is settled. Unless, you want to work in the strange world for few years for experience or for fun, whatever.
You have joined college for full-time course, what next?
Like I said before, whichever the course you have enrolled now, your game plan is to secure a job.
How are you different from other candidates who are going to compete with you after graduation in 3 to 4 yrs time? I mean lacs of candidates who are going to be graduated in that year alone? Also you have Engineering grads applying for same jobs, taking away your chances?
Note – I am not talking about studying hard, focusing in studies or achieving good marks and securing university first rank.
Keep a right mindset
What you want to do right after graduation?
You want to apply for full-time jobs? or apply for higher studies in abroad? or apply for government jobs?
You want to work for few years, learn industrial experience before you start your own business?
I am Renuga, I am pursuing B.Com degree II year, I want to become HR (Human resource) in Bangalore soon after graduation.
I am Renuga, I am pursuing B.A. degree in Multimedia, II year, I want to work as a Designer in a startup company in Chennai for 4-5 years, then I want to start a company on my own.
Writing down your short term goals to achieve after graduation will give you a right mindset. Even if you have no clue on what you actually want, keep your goal to find a job, then life will present you with opportunities in future.
What do you want to become? Write it down.
Know the Industry
If you see my previous example-1, I have mentioned that I wanted to become HR soon after graduating BCom degree. But, I have not mentioned which industry I want to apply for HR job.
Since BCom is very generic degree, one can apply to Finance industry, IT industry, Pharma Industry or FMCG. If you are very particular about applying to Finance and Banking industry, this guide is useful for you.
So, you need to first select the industry, then company and then designation (the job position). Most job seekers miss out on “industry” part (also miss out on lots of interesting job opportunities), just go by “famous corporate company” to get stuck in never ending job search loop.
If you are smart, being a fresher, you will be looking for “growing companies” and “start-ups” to apply for job, because that is where you have space to grow.
Look where no one else is looking….
Familiarise yourself with the types of industries, list out the type of companies, sort a list of companies based on your interest, job location and pay-scale, and follow those companies in LinkedIn for news updates.
This list will come in handy when you want to apply for internship and helps you decide on the project work as well.
Qualify yourself for the job
If you have come across any job postings, you would see an “Eligibility” column from the company, that is nothing but their “expectations” from you as job applicant.
This is how a typical eligibility looks like from the hiring companies –
1. Candidates should be Commerce graduate with any specialisation (2019/2020 _ Passed Out)
2. Mandatory: 15yrs continuous Education (Without Gaps)
3. Good Communication Skills
4. Basic Financial and Accounting knowledge.
5. Basic computer Knowledge – (MS Office)”
Eligibility varies for different job positions, the above example is very basic eligibility expectation from a company for a BCom graduate.
Take a good look at the above eligibility criteria, since you are just in middle of completing your degree, you have sufficient time to work on each criteria.
However good you are at communicating in English, when it comes to attending interviews, you need preparation at professional level.
I suggest you to read a book from one of my famous author Brian Tracy before you start preparing for interviews.
The author is my all time favourite, I personally take notes from his books and implement it for personal and professional life growth. He had published over 70 books on self-development, time management, personal wealth, businesses and more. So, you can pick more books to read further as the years go by.
Your project work is your selling point for landing a job
Yes. You heard it right.
Your Project is your ONLY selling point for getting job (and of-course if you have any additional job-oriented certification courses).
Being a fresher, the only hands on experience you expected to have is your project right?
In interview, you are being judged by the uniqueness and authenticity of the project, and how good you are at answering the questions related to the project.
Even-though you start your project work only at the last semester, you need to have a vision in II year itself.
So it is crucial to spend good amount of time researching on project idea in II year, take suggestions from your seniors if necessary.
If you have done your homework in “know the industry” I have mentioned before, you wont be struggling much for the project idea.
Do a job oriented certification course
As your III yr semesters will be busy in brainstorming the project ideas, execution of project and submission of thesis, II yr would be idle time for doing any certification for additional qualification.
Once you have done your “industry” research well, you would know what kind of certifications will get you placement in your dream company.
Plan A: You could choose to do any professional certifications complimentary to your major degree. Needless to say that you are additionally qualified than other job seeking candidates, which will effortlessly land you in your dream job.
When you are no-longer interested in doing core jobs, you could try plan B to switch your career.
Plan B: You could choose to do any online certification courses Social media marketing course, Digital Marketing course, Email marketing courses, SEO, etc., Who knows one day you will be running an successful online businesses or running a blog which you are passionate about.
Once you have secured a job, you are no longer an average student..
You are a professional…