These famous words by Confucius are well worth remembering as you kick start your career.
All ‘firsts’ in life are special and the first job is no different.Besides the emotional aspect of landing your ‘first job’, it lays the very foundation of your career. Therefore, choosing your first job has to be a well thought out decision.
There is an ocean of opportunities out there waiting to be explored.
While your first job probably won’t be the last position or company you work for in your career, it is very important in setting a trajectory for your career development and growth. All you have to keep in mind are certain important factors to find the opportunity that will be the stepping stone to your ambitious goals.
Organisational growth is vital
Always choose an organisation that is growing. Only then can it offer you the right growth opportunities in your career. From a long run perspective, one can never grow in an organisation that is facing challenges in its own growth. Also, it is much easier to move up within a company than to look for advancement elsewhere.
In this regard, the size of a company or its brand value alone does not define its success. Do your research on the rate at which the company has been growing. Large organisations may have standard, well defined boundaries whereas smaller, newer companies are always on the lookout for young talent to offer fresh perspectives and scale their businesses. What is important is that the overall culture should inspire an entrepreneurial mindset with high emphasis on innovation.
Organisations that invest in learning should be first choice
Look out for an organisation that invests in its people and helps to nurture talent over a long period of time. Take the opportunity that allows you to learn and develop skills related to your passion and you will be happier and much more productive at work. This will also allow you to make a greater impact on the company and your coworkers, giving you more career opportunities in the future. Hence go for an organisation that has an effective eco system for onboarding, developing and retaining employees.
Organisational culture will shape your future
The ideal job allows you to meet and learn from successful people. Interaction with mentors and contacts in your industry will sharpen your skills and keep you challenged. A culture that offers learning at every stage with groomingopportunities from industry veterans, is much more important than receiving a higher initial salary, because top-heavy leadership can provide support well beyond that first job and help open doors to even better positions in the future. Your first job is the ultimate opportunity to take chances, make mistakes and still come out smelling like roses. Choose a place that challenges you, allows you to experiment, make mistakes and learn from them.
Finally, never lose sight of your ambition and goals in your quest for a job. It might be tempting to follow your peers or outdo them and accept the first job offered to you, but do not settle for a position or organisation that is not right for you.
Attending multiple interviews can be a good thing as it will give you exposure to latest trends and expectations from employers. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your decision to accept a job does not turn in your favour. Your first job is your first view of the corporate world, so enjoy the experience and use theopportunity to climb greater heights.
Source: Times jobs