Right about now, I bet you’ve got only two things on your mind: surviving your college finals and jumping on a plane home for the holidays.
You might want to make room for one more thing, though…
December, even with all of its pressures and festivities, is the ideal month for career and job search preparation. Here’s why…
During your career, sooner or later, you’ll have to create something no one in your company has ever considered. You will need to think outside the proverbial box.
The key to thinking outside of the box is to force your brain to work in ways totally unfamiliar – maybe even scary – to you. Here are a few tips to help shake up your marbles – and see what incredible ideas fall out:
If you’re a college graduate preparing to start your first job, your head is probably swimming with all kinds of career dreams, goals and aspirations. I know when I was fresh on the work force, I had a 5-year plan detailing exactly where I’d be, what I’d be doing, and what promotion I would be shooting for next.
But even the best-laid plans can get sidetracked from time to time, so don’t be surprised if a year or two in, you find yourself hitting a career plateau.
What’s a career plateau, you ask?
Graduating from college, building a resume, going through the job search process, and landing that all-important first position can be a daunting process. Once you’ve started in your new job, it’s tempting to settle into the job and just coast for awhile. But landing your first job doesn’t guarantee a smooth and easy path towards success. If you don’t keep working at your career, you may find yourself stuck in the same position 3, 5 or even 10 years down the road. The steps you take in your job from Day One are what can make you stand out from
Mad Excel skills? Check.
Power suit? Check.
Career development plan? Check.
You’ve got everything you need to rock your internship and impress your new boss. Chances are, however, you do not have five crucial dates in your calendar. These dates might not seem like a big deal now, but recognizing them can give your career an extra little boost in the future.