If you are just starting your career, you need to maximize your experiences and develop your skills. Bear it in mind that you are expected to manage your own career. This means you have to be in control of your career and not your career controlling you.
Many life considerations will contribute to your happiness as a new graduate entering the work force, such as job location, cost of living, community and the opportunity to connect with people of similar interests and age. Ask the following questions to determine your priorities and what you expect from your new job.
- Question on job training.
Will you receive the training you need soon after being hired in the first year or two with the Organization? During the recruiting process, you should ask about the initial and ongoing training. Does it seem there will be additional opportunities for learning beyond the day -to-day experiences? Are you comfortable with the offering? Know about on the job training is very important since it helps you plan your future career path. If a company offers training, that means you will be developing in skills and experience making you more useful to the company. A company that trainings you is investing in you and showing that they have the confidence that you will continue to be useful in their future business. On the other hand, if your job doesn't offer training, it is up to you to sit up and learn yourself. Today, people are so lucky that they can get all the information they want from the internet. The internet must be your companion. Research on all the aspect of you job and master them. With that you will be more eligible for promotion or more qualified for another job in a better company.
- Clear career ladder:
The employer should provide a clear picture of the career path and opportunities available to you as a new hire. How long will it take and the basis upon which you will be promoted. Starting a job without a clear career ladder may not be satisfying or may lead to problems between employer and employee. Criteria for promotion should also be spelled out so that you know the performance index they are judging you with. If it is a small company and no defined career path, then you should know long and how well is remuneration reviewed. This is very important so that you can plan your future and work better.
- Work Tasks and Autonomy:
Are there opportunities for clearly defined work assignments that are interesting, satisfying and challenging? Satisfaction often comes with accomplishing tasks that stretch you. Will you be able to share your ideas and decisions about your assignment? Will you be able to work independently after your training? Will you be following only laid down rules and procedures only in your tasks? Does the company allow for originality? A well defined work task and opportunity to express your creativity is always desired in any working environment. An environment that encourages that don't only motivate their staff but drive them to innovations that will uplift the company
- Heads of Departments and Supervisors:
Is your supervisor capable of establishing a coaching relationship with you? Does your supervisor help you acclimatize to the Company’s culture and assist you in meeting staff of other departments? Everyone will agree that how you are treated by your supervisor in a job usually determines how long you dutifully do the job. Nobody will like to have the devil as a boss and finding out how the work environment is might be helpful in some career decisions.
- Career Development:
Does your job open you to diverse learning experiences that help develop your career? Are you heading in the direction agreed upon when you were hired? Are there opportunities to move in different directions as your interests change and you develop new skills? Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment and to compensate for contributions. Remember: You have obligation too.