Another academic year is soon coming to an end. With the final-year students all set to graduate with flying colours, and if you are one of them, we get it there’s just so much on your plate to deal with. Farewell parties, huddling with your friends and going nostalgic about the college days, bonding with teachers and mentors about future plans, and more farewell parties. And on the other hand, there are placements and heated discussions on how to get placed in that MNC that’s visiting your college next month. In the hindsight, you’ve already seen your friends getting placed in huge organizations, and some of them have managed to get placed in more than just one organization. What am I doing with my life? This question seems to trouble you a little more than it is intended to. What do you do when you’re stuck in a situation like that? How do you emerge out as a winner from this loop? Well, for starters, let’s just start with the basics.
1. What do you want?
Let’s be honest. You can get any job and anyone would hire you. But that’s not really the dilemma because you need to figure out what is it that you really want to do. Are you looking for an organization with a great learning environment or are you looking for one that’s employee-centric with a culture that’s stimulating? When you figure out the organization which is a great fit for you, let’s move on to the second step.
2. Are you all set to apply?
Dream job figured? Check. Application process? Check.
Approach? Ah, we’re not quite there yet, is it?
This is where you need to start working to make yourself a great fit for the organization. If you are a developer, focus on building a great online profile for yourself on Github rather than relying on resumes. If you are a designer, you got to share your designs on Behance. It does not matter what your skill is, you got to flaunt it. Even if you are a rookie.
3. Your mindset
The first thing every organization looks for in freshers is, how open they are to learn and dabble in new things. So, your mindset being open and willing to pick new things raises your chances of getting hired to a whole new level.
4. Meetups and more
In this incredibly small world, there is so much to learn. Most of the times when we are clueless about where to begin when we are looking to learn some interesting technology or just anything, scan Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/) for some interesting events in your town. You never know which opportunity comes your way.
5. Bootcamps or MOOCs
To better under the requirement of the industry and stay in touch with the ever-changing world of technology, you can explore a dev bootcamp to learn technologies that interest you. If bootcamp is a little too much of a responsibility for you, MOOCs like Coursera, Udemy, Treehouse and the likes offer you a plethora of courses.
We’ve all been there, done that. We’ve done a couple of these and followed it up with our skills and confidence to get the jobs we love. We hope you do too.