Now that you’ve graduated with your degree in business management, you have a wide world open to you with plenty of opportunities. Yet you might find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed as you transition out of a school environment and search for a job. Read on for a few tips and tricks that will help you keep your balance as you face new challenges and begin a new phase of your life.
Knowing Your Options
As you enter into the working world, you might be starting to wonder what kinds of jobs your degree in business management has qualified you for. Depending on your skill set and interests and with some experience and on-the-job training, you might do well as a project manager, marketing director, nonprofit manager, financial analyst, banker, human resources manager or sales representative. Research these positions to better understand their requirements and duties, and see if any of them sound like a good fit.
Be aware that as a new graduate, you will most likely not jump right into your dream job. In fact, you are going to have to climb your way up the ladder, gaining experience as you go (and hopefully, paying off your student loans). If you are offered a decent job that is close to your field, then, don’t hesitate to take it. You will learn more about your profession, and you will build important skills that you can use to help you get your dream job later on.
Beginning to Network
Working in your first job will also give you a chance to begin networking. You will meet people in your field and be able to demonstrate your skills. You don’t need to fawn or put on a show. Just do your job to the best of your ability, be respectful and helpful and don’t be afraid to talk to your colleagues.
Polishing Your Resume
Every bit of work experience you get will allow you to polish your resume a little more. Be sure to include all relevant jobs and tasks. Also, make sure that your resume is clear, well-formatted and free from all mistakes. Have someone with experience in resume writing critique and proofread your document, and follow any suggestions. If you are really struggling, consider hiring a resume writing service. Your resume is usually the first thing a potential employer sees, and it should be perfect.
Making a Good Impression
Always be aware of the impression you are making on your bosses and colleagues. You must present yourself as a professional. This means, for one thing, dressing the part. Learn the dress codes of your office (or desired office), and follow them. They may be implied rather than explicitly stated, so watch what others are wearing, and dress accordingly. Also pay attention to how you speak, and avoid peppering your language with slang. Your posture counts, too, as do your facial expressions and overall attitude. Make sure you look and act professional.
Another reality in the world of a graduate in business management is the interview. As you apply for jobs, realize that you are likely competing with many other applicants, some of whom have more education and experience than you do. Professionalism is important here, too. Dress for success, and present yourself as a mature adult. Listen closely to the interviewer. Answer questions clearly and concisely. Be prepared to ask your interviewer some intelligent questions in return.
Taking Care of Yourself
Be aware that entering into the working world of adult responsibilities can be extremely stressful, so you will need to make more of an effort to take care of yourself. Adjust your eating habits to include a better blend of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and try to eliminate at least some of the junk food. Get an exercise routine going as well, combining cardio and weight training. Finally, don’t neglect to have some fun and balance work with play and relaxation.
As a graduate in business management, you have a bright future ahead of you, so don’t hesitate to reach out and grab it.