Fresh graduates are usually stressed as they are under a lot of pressure to choose a path of career. In this period of time right after graduation, a lot of graduates, who have written JEE Main exam for admission, find themselves at crossroads. This can be a tough as graduates usually have a lack of knowledge, limited exposure, and inexperience.
A lot of graduates are influenced by dreams, decisions of fellow graduates, popular and high paid career paths, pressure from parents. In reality, this decision has to be uninfluenced and should be well thought after self-reflection. It is important to be systematic and break down your career goals in steps. For example, A student in Uttar Pradesh looking to study in the UPTU/AKTU board will have to write the AKTU 2018 exam in order to be eligible for admissions.
In the same way, if an engineer is interested in a coding job it is beneficial for him to study a certificate in coding or gain experience in coding. Those who are passed out from engineering colleges in India, Gaining experience can be done during/post your undergraduate education with internships, independent projects, etc.
Tips for Graduates to Decide on a Career Path After Their Graduation
- Figure out your interests: College life experience helps students in gaining a perspective on the area of interest. Make a list of your interests, hobbies, and passions. Also, make a list of your strengths talents and skills. This can be done by doing a SWOT analysis which is an analysis of Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat.
- Research: Make sure to gain knowledge about your interests, hobbies, and passions. Pick an interest that you would like to build your career upon. Gain knowledge in that field of work by research on potential career paths, what it involves and the path to an actual career in the field. The Internet is the easily accessible source of research. Look up successful professionals in your interesting career path and try to mimic or adapt their path to success. Even though it won’t be the same for you it is a possible guideline to follow.
- Gain experience: The best way to know if you want to pursue a career in a particular field is to try out a job in that field. This will help in knowing what you like and dislike. It will also help in knowing, specifically, what your interest lies. Internships are a great way to gain experience in a non-committal way to a career path.
- Talk to professionals: Having a conversation with a professional; career counselors or professionals part of the career path you are interested in. This will help in gaining perspective from experienced professionals and they will be able to guide you in specifics. Career counselors can also help you in analyzing your interests and passion.
The main thing to keep in mind when choosing a career is to stay focused your passion over easy, available, high paid jobs. Also, gain different perspectives which will help you in making decisions. It is also completely okay to be undecided and try out different career paths. We are all on a journey. Don’t compare your timeline to your peers’. Good luck!