OPEN DOORS TO YOUR FUTURE
Plan Your Career Realistically
Many people assume that if they study Business or Finance, this will guarantee them a well paid job in the future, or give them the skills to start their own business within a few years of graduation. Unfortunately, life is not like this. When they finish their studies and look for a job, they find many graduates of the same subjects and not enough jobs. Starting their own business is also much more challenging than they thought possible, and 3 out of 4 new businesses fail within the first 3 years.
The first step in planning your career is to study the job market and look ahead. Where are the greatest shortages of qualified people? What are the up and coming fields of specialization that will require more skilled people in the future? If you are a person who believes passionately that your career is in Business, then choose a subject that will give you an edge in the job market – take a double major, for example (Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Management and Finance) or choose a more specialized field of Business (Global Supply Chain Logistics, for example). On the other hand, if you are good at Mathematics and not sure of what career direction to go in, you will find that graduates of Mathematics are in demand everywhere – in Economics and Finance fields, in Engineering, Computing and many other fields. Maths is the key that opens the door to professional training possibilities.
When you come to us to make your study plan we will help you consider your choices intelligently and with an eye to the future. Do you know what the highest paid graduates have studied, for example? Are you aware that your choice of subjects nowadays is much broader than you can imagine? Take some time to study what is available and don’t rush into what everyone else is doing.
Get Work Experience
The most important question a potential employer will ask you is not "Which university did you graduate from" or "What subject did you study” but “Do you have any work experience?" In today's highly competitive job market, experience is essential if you are to compete for a good job.
Here are some of the main ways in which you can get experience:
- Choose a course with a guaranteed internship (in the UK a “sandwich” course; in the US or Canada a “co-op”). The advantage of these is that they are paid and you can get back some of your study and living costs in this way.
- Get a part-time job while you study – jobs in restaurants and cafes are often plentiful and teach yout he skills required to interact with different sorts of people – in English.
- Apply for an internship in your target industry during your holidays – you may not be paid but you will have a foot in the door!
- Do volunteer work when you have free time – help out in an old people’s home or help the mentally or physically handicapped; go to a remote area to volunteer with an NGO, whatever appeals to you. The more diverse your experience is, the better chance you have of impressing a potential employer with your skill set.