Finding Your Voice

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Finding Your Voice

Lesson One: Looking Inwards

Lesson One: Looking Inwards

When you’re about to graduate the air is filled with a sense of hope, celebration and accomplishments. The first thing you need to do is to not stay in that mode for a long time. It’s important to start your job search ASAP! That means it’s time to evaluate your degree’s worth in terms of job market value and what you actually bring to the table. Ask yourself these three important questions:

  1. What did I learn? (Think about the courses you’ve learnt, what skills they have allowed you to gain…)
  2. How will I use it in the working world? (research on how your gained knowledge and skills could be used in jobs)
  3. Who is hiring in my field? (Find out the hiring rate for people with your degree)

These questions will help you come up with a plan that is centered on your learned skills. You need to know these things to help you design your CV and interview answers in a manner that highlights your value to employers. Even if you’ve got a degree that has very few job openings that doesn’t mean that there are no transferable skills1. This will also help make your job search action oriented rather than just a series of CV drop offs.

It’s also equally important to mark down your answers as they will be relevant when writing your CV.

Part of the reason for low workplace productivity are disengaged employees. Sometimes, in the search of stable and secure employment opportunities, job seekers often forget that what they want matters. The effect of ignoring your inner voice, isn’t seen right away but a few years into your career.

There are key questions to ask here as well.

  1. What makes me happy? (the answer to this question doesn’t have to be related to what you’ve learnt)
  2. What am I good at?
  3. How can I apply for this job? (research for jobs that closely match your passion and explore what career tracks are available)
  4. Is this marketable? (Sometimes you’d be surprised that you can be paid to do what makes you happy)

Stake these answers with your answers earlier and see if your skills, what you want and the market understand each other.

None of these questions will result in happy emotions. In fact, it’s one of the harder questions in life that you will constantly ask yourself throughout your careers. What’s important is to know the core aspects of your personality and how that can help get your career started.

1 These are skills that can be applied anywhere