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Graduating With A Plan Of Action

Dec 28, 2007
You should ask yourself if you know what you want to do, and if you have a plan of action for turning the opportunities into reality. The old adage that a quick route from point A to point B is a straight line is very true. Setting goals for searching for a job and launching your career can be somewhat similar, if you carry it out in a methodical manner. It is always better to avoid deviation from the goals you have set as far as possible.

Things To Do

The first thing you need to consider is the type of job that interests you the most. There might be several career opportunities in your field, depending on the degree you have. For instance, if you have graduated as a nurse you can get a job in a clinic, hospital, nursing home, school, childcare center or private practice. Even though you will be employed within these settings, you can also work within various units like maternity or pediatrics. After this, you will have transitional opportunities as well. After trying your hand at the nursing profession, you may realize that it is not exactly what you expected it to be.

In that case, you can either consider pharmaceutical sales as a new career, or opt for a more flexible career like business management. The main factor is to make the decision about that direction you are planning to head towards, and learn as much as you can about that field. Sometimes people spend a lot of time, energy and money and still remain doubtful about what to do. It may be possible that you know what you want, but are not clear about it. No matter how many possibilities you explore, you may never get excited.

In fact, if you are feeling depressed and downright frustrated, then there is no need to worry, because it might not be as bad as you think it is. Just keep in mind that there is no need to start at the top, or even commit to any employer. Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. All you need to do is to test the waters before deciding to go ahead full steam. The first year after school can also be spent discovering what exactly it is that you really want to do. If you do this, then there are chances that your mind will be open to new possibilities, and that you will develop a positive attitude towards life. Make sure that you do not waste time, and set weekly goals. You can make use of this year for finding out what you are interested in doing. Once you are sure about it, do it in a well-planned and proper manner.

In order to explore career opportunities without the assistance of a career counselor or job coach, you need to do a lot of independent research. If you do not like a particular area of your industry, you can always get in touch with professionals to request for an information interview to find out more about it. After deciding on your field of interest, get your resume professionally written and post it on major job boards, or contact a recruiting firm in your area of interest.
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 lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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