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New Grads - Explore Your Options

Apr 13, 2008
Do you know what skills are required for various careers? Do you have a plan of action and can you judge the difference between reality and opportunity? If not, then take some time out to do some planning before you throw yourself into the race.

Plan of Action

You may have heard of the old saying that the quickest route from one end to the other end is a straight line. Well, launching a career is similar to setting job search goals. Your goals should be carried out methodically and diligently and sometimes you might have to navigate carefully to avoid deviating from them. You should choose upon the right type of job that suits you, depending on your educational qualifications. For example, if you are a graduate nurse, then you can work in a hospital, nursing home, clinic or childcare center, in a private practice, or teach in a nursing school or field setting.

If you have tried your hand at a certain job, then you probably understand the intricacies of the profession and about related career options. With the nursing example, you could consider pharmaceutical sales or pursue a higher position by studying management. The point is, even though you have a degree in a particular field, you still have lots of opportunities to choose from down the line.

If you find yourself undecided about the particular position that you want to take, then some graduate students simply take some time off. Taking a break can give you some much-needed rest after your studies, and help you go into the workforce rejuvenated and clear about your career.

During your break, try to explore various career options. Suppose you have acquired a degree in law enforcement - you can conduct some independent research and think about whether you would like to work independently in corporate security or handle private investigation.

Don't limit yourself to "typical" jobs based on your degree. Chances are, you have many more options.

How Can I Decide On A Career After Graduation?

If your college does not provide the career information, then you can visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook online and analyze various career options. You can also find chat rooms on the Internet that cater to your profession, and discuss career options with people who are actually in your field and who may have the same problems that you do. You can also visit various company websites and get involved in online conversations via their dedicated forums. Seek advice from friends, family and neighbors and learn new techniques.

Choosing a career isn't hard, but you do have to know where to look and what your options are. By following the tips above, you will be well on your way to a lucrative, rewarding profession.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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