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  • JAPAC
    December 11, 2013

The Festive Season For a Graduate !!! By PhillipYi

Guest Author

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.

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