I recently spoke at a panel for Spotlight on Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry at Kingston University. The invitation extended to midwifery students too. I told them about my career journey and hoped they would glean useful information and life skills from it.
Employability was paramount in the minds of these undergraduate and postgraduate students. They had long passed the stage of this patticular enrolment and ready to enter the job market. Of course, some would embark to enrol in subjects or higher degress in order to further their careers.
Here are some tips when preparing to apply for jobs and considering interviews.
First do your research about the Job/Company/University.
Attend job fairs.
Apply not only to advertised jobs, do call/ email/ write to companies you are interested in.
Ask around and talk to people you know in that area of work.
Be available for site visits to companies.
Be a volunteer.
Develop a network and continue to inspire and aspire each other.
Know your facts about the job.
Have passion for job/career.
Consider family commitments.
Be clear on what you want and what you can do.
Consider your physical and mental health.
Be in touch with someone like a mentor, whom you value for their sound advice.
Be focused and methodical.
Assess the work and life balance for each job.
Check on similar jobs for job description and salary variations.
Speak confidently and stay relaxed.
Smile and be calm.
We also either take tentative steps or bold moves enrol for a new subject. Our craving to learn new things are varied in its purpose. These are some that I have known or recently come across. Do write and let us you know of any different ones you have.
It’s either for a specific job, a career, a career we have a passion for, a career that pays well, a career generations in the family have followed, a hobby, or in order to fill in a spare time, to support someone, to be near someone in the class(hmm), to pursue on an agreed future career path as a couple, or a general interest in the subject.