Preparing yourself for the workplace
The youth of today will be the employees of tomorrow. The world is changing, including technology and how things are being done in the workplace. There are more effective ways of doing things. With today’s technological automation, jobs are looking a lot different than they looked in the past. As a student, you have to be ready for what’s coming. Prepare yourself for the real world. You must be able to lead a productive and successful life after graduating from varsity. Ending up not being ready for the workplace will leave you stuck without a job. Jobs are scarce these days and therefore you need to do everything you can to ensure you’ll get hired. A certain set of skills is needed when entering the workplace. Upskill yourself whenever you can. The skill doesn’t matter, as long as it’ll benefit you in the future. If you can, take extra short courses. That’ll also increase your chances of getting work and teach you everything you need to know in the workplace. Here are a few ways to prepare yourself for the workplace. Teamwork Unfortunately, there isn’t a job where you’ll work on your own for the rest of your career. Unless you’re work for yourself, alone. Having the ability to work in a team is a must. You should be able to communicate effectively with coworkers and managers. Understand and know how to share information with a team. This is taught in varsity where you work together as a team on an assignment or project. The same principle counts in the workplace, the only difference is that you’re now doing it for money. Employers are looking for people who can work with a group on a project or campaign. You need to be a team player. Problem-solving mindset Try to see a problem from a different point of view and come up with a solution for it. It doesn’t matter what career path you follow, you must be able to think on your feet. There isn’t a day that’ll pass where a problem doesn’t arise. Be prepared for whatever is coming your way – whether it’s a minor or big one. Luckily is this a skill you can learn. Looking at a problem from a different angle will give you another perspective. A problem can be a good creative and personal experience. This’ll help you in the workplace as you’ll be able to solve problems that arise. Your prospective employer will also be impressed. Make use of social media Days of going to offices and dropping off your CV are gone. Social media has taken over. Employers now make use of social networks to share information and advertise jobs. Take note of what you post online as future employers will search and do research about you. Make sure that your social media platforms are professional. If you don’t want employers to look at your profiles, then you should put them on private. However, it’s not always clever to do that. If you want to get hired, you should allow prospective employers to look at your profiles. Popular social media platforms include LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you have an impressive and professional profile, an employer can easily forward it to their HR department to take a look at it. HR professionals completed their human resources management course to acknowledge people like you. Begin to craft your own future Where do you see yourself in five years? What do you want to achieve within the next ten years? Begin to create your own picture of how you would like your career to be. The traditional corporate ladder doesn’t exist in companies anymore. Companies nowadays offer flexible positions or responsibilities. So it’s in your own best interest to identify the career path you would like to take. Pinpoint your top priorities and everything else you can offer a company. Prepare to deal with pressure There’s a big difference between varsity and work. One of the differences being there are a number of tasks as opposed to one or two. You’ll be under a lot of pressure and have no other choice but to deal with it. Unfortunately, you can’t control the amount of work that needs to be completed. Everyone else will be under pressure as well. It’s better if you're used to it. Take on extra tasks at varsity and familiarise yourself with a schedule. You can join different societies or even offer your help in the library. You’ll set yourself up for success if you properly prepare for the workplace. Whatever extra things you do now will pay off in the long run. Any extra skills and courses that you can do, go for it and create the future you want.