A friend of mine recently asked me for some career advice. I gave him some advice, which in my usual self-congratulatory way, I thought was pretty good! I asked if I could write a blog on it – he agreed – so here it is!
If you are a recent graduate or have been working for less than five years and have found yourself without a job – the reality is, it will be tough out there for you. The allure of the city and a career in finance is still very strong – so what could you be doing for a role?
The first thing to do is to take a snapshot of the environment the Winix PlasmaWave 5300 is in and recognize the huge shifts that are taking place in the global economy. There are lots of people out there will skills and experience who may be better placed to take the few vacancies that do exist out there. In my opinion, if you are still on the starting out phase of your career, there may be better uses on your times than trying to get an entry level role.
You need to think ahead in terms of what the areas for growth are or what skills will be required for the area you have selected as your career three or four years from now.
If you look at the way emerging markets are performing and broad trends are going, I would say that the strong areas for growth are Brazil, China (despite the recent wobble) and India. From a sector point of view, the alternative energy sector will definitely be a rapidly growing sector in the future.
Finally, those of us in the west, have to recognize that in this global market, we are now competing with graduates from around the world. Graduates from India in particular (because of their English) represent the competition for skilled jobs.
So, where does all this analysis get?
Most of all – pursue something you enjoy. The internet is the ultimate means of empowerment. Pursue your dreams – and the internet will find you the market for your fulfillment.