The Festive Season For a Graduate !!! By PhillipYi
By Nadiya on Dec 11, 2013
As the festive season approaches, most businesses start to wind down and prepare for shutdown over the Christmas and New Years break. For most employees also, it is a quieter period and look to close off important things before the years end and start to plan for the new year.
Whilst this is the norm for businesses and those that have joined the work force, for students that have finished their tertiary education and looking to graduate at year’s end, it is a time that is both festive and somewhat stressful.
Being involved in campus recruitment for Oracle, for the best part of the last 2 years across the ANZ, ASEAN and KR region – it is evident that the majority of the student population will finish their studies at year’s end, with the graduation ceremony to follow early in the new year. So, besides having to think about what Christmas presents to provide to family and loved ones, or what New Years Eve’s or travel plans to decide on, students need to also really start to know and understand where they would want to work, for whom and doing what...
This is often a stressful period but also rewarding – the more and more you try to understand your needs and wants, it is also a time of self development and awareness, as it will help to make personal/career goals and aspirations more clearer. As a graduate, the world is your oyster – the corporate world – the work force is something that is alien but exciting.
When applying for graduate jobs and programs, it is important to look at the short, medium and longer term. What you would like to achieve and what you would like to be doing – what is most important to you; company size, brand, reputation, industry, job title, responsibility, career growth & potential, remuneration and salary packaging, travel, work environment & culture.
Yes, all the above are all equally as important and must be taken into serious consideration before applying. However, all that is not important if you do not have the motivation, drive and desire to succeed and use it to your advantage. All the above can be found and given to you but if you choose to not utilise and take it all for granted; it will be a wasted exercise and you will be the same as everyone else.