While most graduates are happy to simply get a job in the first place, it pays to think about your long-term career right from the get go. After all, you won’t be happy about having to go back to square 1 after just a year or two of employment.
The following ways are all credible avenues to building a long-term career that offers both stability and a decent pay packet. Whether a particular industry direction or simply generic tips to help you get ahead, they all help towards building security and playing the long game.
Invest In Training Programs
Your education doesn’t end once you finish your degree. In fact, it’s just the beginning. Remember that those who believe in lifelong learning are usually the most successful.
Management training programs, for example, offer a fantastic platform on which to build your business empire. Or it can be a prep school for a long career in corporate management for large multinational organizations. You’ll learn what it takes to deliver on the office floor, rather than having to rely on ‘book knowledge’ from your degree.
No matter which industry is the en vogue sector of the moment, there’s always room for someone to manage proceedings. You don’t need to be an expert in software engineering, for example, to manage a group of seasoned developers.
It’s all about placing yourself in a role that can cater to a wide range of organizations. If a certain industry is suffering from a downturn, you shouldn’t allow yourself to become a victim. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach by taking on a management role will help you weather even the most trying employment storms.
The Health Sector
When it comes to demand that will never tail off, the health sector leads the line. With life expectancy on a constant rise and chronic illnesses also seeing rapid increases, it’s likely that jobs in the health sector will only see a dramatic upturn.
And you don’t need to be trained in a particular health-related role either. There are plenty of roles (such as management as discussed above) that are crucial to a smooth running of the health sector and yet have nothing to do with the industry in particular.
Become an Online Expert
IT, web design, SEO & more are becoming an essential cog of most organizations – and that’s including your traditional local mom and pop store. If you’re lagging behind when it comes to IT, you’re at a distinct disadvantage. And don’t think that knowing how to use Facebook and Twitter means you’re an expert either.
Get involved in the programs that are specific to your industry. Learn how to use functions in Excel, become a king at creating engaging Powerpoint presentations, or become the go-to guy when it comes to creating database applications. Build websites, immerse yourself in understanding networking & hosting or other relevant functions. A good friend of mine wrote a blog about hosting and would review providers like FatCow. He was considered an expert and able to pick from any number of jobs. Whatever it is, just don’t be the guy or gal who constantly needs help to send a basic email. You won’t last long otherwise.
Work for the Future
Most people complain about their lack of opportunities yet all they do is the mere minimum to get through the daily grind. How can you expect long-term prospects as a given if you don’t invest in the future?
Try getting up earlier every day to invest in your role. Think about where you want to be in 5 years. Improve on a daily basis and keep learning. Show you’re keen to move yourself forward.
The key to building a long-term career is constant investment in yourself as well as going for the right opportunities. Tackling the job market with a goal-oriented perspective and ensuring you position yourself in a secure industry will help you get the stability you’re looking for.