Step 2: What career is right for me?

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Now that you’ve found yourself, you’re one step closer to finding your career. Take what you’ve learned about yourself and streamline that information into determining what type of job you’re best fit to pursue. Use our tips and tricks to gain momentum as you begin your career planning process.

You’ll find the listed topics in the What Career is Right For Me Guide (if you’re on your mobile device, you may need to scroll up or down to see the list). Click any of the links to jump directly to that topic, or scroll to explore the whole guide.


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It’s time to step into the REAL world

Do you have any idea where to start?

Now that you know a bit more about yourself, it’s time to think about a career.

 You’ve explored goals, and your own skills. Where does that lead?

 How do you match them with an industry or company that needs your skills?

Remember your self SWOT Analysis?

If you need a reminder of what a SWOT is or how it’s helpful, click here.

Now is the time to focus on matching those strengths with real opportunities.

PS – If you haven’t already completed a SELF SWOT, here’s another opportunity.

 Strengths

 Weaknesses

 Opportunities

 

Threats

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My Perfect Career

It’s difficult to look into the future.  Think about an industry to pursue and where you’d like to be.  It’s the first step toward getting there.  Things may change along the way. That’s OK!

Where will you be in 5 years?

Where will you be in 10 years?

Where will you be in 25 years?

We’re here to help you make a plan to get where you want t o be.

What’s your vision?

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Pictures may work better for you. If so, create a vision board. Picture yourself at age 40.

Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day. Read more…

After you make your vision board, share it with us on Social Media!

 
 

Resources

Part of your challenge may be narrowing down the reference materials available in the job search field. Click the link below each logo to access some favorites. One is a blog from Grammarly and there’s one from HuffPost. Try the other links to discover more.

 
 

Types of Organizations

 

Corporate- click the picture to learn about some benefits for working for a Corporation.

Government-  click the picture to learn about the pros and cons for working for the Government.

Non-profit- click the picture to learn about pros and cons of working for a non-profit.

Industry

What do you love? Where do you see yourself working?

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Sports

The industry is growing and becoming more accessible to non-athletes. Here are some top college programs and sports conferences that can help you land a job in the industry.  The non-athletes guide to getting a career in sports.

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Fashion

If you got a passion for fashion here are ten places to start.

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Technology

Don’t let tech intimidate you. Breaking into the tech sector can be as easy as this.

See the work that you did on goals. Here's how to achieve them. If you want to become an advertising executive learn the best path through the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Want to be a sales manager? It’s there too. Oh, how about a fashion buyer?

Look it up here.

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Culture

According to The Balance, “Company culture is the personality of the company.”

In an established company or a big firm the company culture is most likely set in stone.  

In a start-up or small firm they will be more open to new ideas.

Freelance work allows you to set your own culture but you must be adaptable to your own clients.

Ways to Figure Out a Company’s Culture.

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Location Location Location

Are you willing to work internationally?

Do you need to live in the city or would you prefer to reside in the country?

Are you planning on moving back home?

How tied are you to working near friends or family?

Must you work close to your hobbies?

Does location even matter to you?

Here's some advice on location.

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Entry level jobs that lead to where I’m going

What entry-level job titles might I seek to get where I want to be?

What does a typical career path look like?

Hint: Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook

 

Where can I find available jobs?

Click on any of the pictures below to set up an account and explore these sites.

 
CLICK HERE to Learn how to navigate  LinkedIn
CLICK HERE to Learn how to navigate  Glass Door
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Visit your campus Career Services. They are usually willing to help alumni, too.

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Compensation

Salary- have a set yearly pay and it only increases through raises or promotions.

 Hourly- paid a rate per hour and once you work more than the average work week of forty hours then you receive and increase pay through working overtime.

 Here’s a closer look at  hourly vs. salary compensations.

 Overtime- when an employee earns 1.5, 2, or even 3 times more than their rate of pay.

 Bonuses- extra pay over the base wage for reaching a goal.

Commission- if you are taking a sales route, you are likely on a commission plan, possibly including a base salary. Here is what you’ll need to know about different types of commission.

For a more in-depth look at pay types check out this article from Intuit.

When finding or looking for your first job, money shouldn’t be the biggest influence in your decision but it is crucial to your future finances. Salary, hourly, bonuses and commission are the main focuses when considering types of pay.

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Benefits

Researching your benefits can end up being the biggest asset for your future finances.

Looking into company benefits will positively influence your decision making process. It’s important to understand different health care packages, retirement plans and other additional benefits your future job has to offer.

Healthcare Insurance- this can include medical, dental and/or vision. Ask your interviewer for more information if it is not explicitly listed. Check to see if the company you’re interviewing with offers a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). Both of these accounts are more affordable options especially for a new graduate like yourself. They serve as an alternative plan to a high deductible. This link  will provide you with more information about an HSA account. To learn more about the benefits of using an FSA account, click here! 

Retirement- types of retirement plans offered by different companies, including IRA, Roth IRAs, 401k and pension.

My Perfect Career

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Let’s think about how to start the conversation with the companies you might want to work with.

Do you have all the tools you need to introduce yourself professionally?

Do you need more advice? Click the picture below to read about jump starting your career (link to tools workbook).

 
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Do you have the tools you need to get started?

  • Resume:                              

  • Cover Letter:       

  • Business Card:                 

  • Dress Code:                      

  • Networking:                     

  • Job Fair Tips:                                    

  • Interview Tips:                

  • Handwritten thank you:               

  • Online Portfolio:                                              

  • Creating a LinkedIn Profile:         

  • Social Media      

If you need help with any of these items, see our next E-book called Tips and Tricks to Land Your First Job.

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Authors

We hope you found this e-book helpful. Feel free to share it with friends.

Good luck with your job search. Please let us know how it goes by sharing your thoughts on social media or Connect with us.

 
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