Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the April 10, 2006 issue of QuintZine.
The largest percentage of 1,200 respondents to a recent survey conducted by CollegeGrad.com said that finding a job in their major is the most important consideration when deciding which job offer to accept, placing finding the right type of job well ahead of other considerations, including salary and location.
College students often spend a great deal of time and effort deciding on their college degree, including sometimes switching majors multiple times, or dedicating their first two years of college testing out their likes and dislikes, finally finding the best fit for their skills and personal strengths. Once a student has declared the major that he or she will graduate with, it’s usually something he or she has a vested interest in and wants to pursue. Following are the overall survey results:
What’s most important to you when choosing your first job?
- Finding a job in my major: 34.2 percent
- A high salary: 26.6 percent
- Location: 14.6 percent
- Making a difference: 12.7 percent
- Company culture: 11.9 percent
Nearly 1,000 college career services and HR/staffing professionals who participated in NACE’s study cited internships as an important issue now; when asked about the importance of such programs in the future, both college and employer respondents said internships would be even more important.
Employers rated the current importance of “identifying talent early” through internships and similar programs at 4.2, and rated its future importance at 4.6, moving such programs toward the “extremely important” end of the rating scale.
Your technical skills are probably more current than those of someone who has been out of school for a couple of decades. And you’re cheap: You probably cost half of what a 45-year-old expects. Even your inexperience can be a plus because an employer needn’t rid you of the “bad habits” you learned from your previous employer.
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