The basis of the ideology of active job search is the provision that only the person who has chosen and found his job can become the most productive and creative employee, It’s not only for the beneficiaries to bring maximum return at the workplace, but also to get the maximum pleasure from the work process.To do this, first of all, you need to take responsibility for the results of your training (instead of studying “for grades” or “for short,” like many students are studying now.)
The ideology of active job search assumes that the student finds answers to three basic questions (figure).
The main questions of the ideology of active job search
(How to Plan and Develop a Career Center by Don Schutt, Ferguson Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1 999) The
answer to the question “WHO AM I?” Involves thinking in the following areas:
what are my values: some of us value material well-being most, others feel stable, others still value risk and frequent changes, others value happiness most of all those who are nearby …
What are your values?
what are my interests: in some subjects at school or university you always got high marks, without making special efforts. Often this happened because it was these items that were most interesting to you.
What are your interests?
what are my abilities: why does it happen that someone is easier to draw, others manage to write lecture notes superbly, and others who successfully speak to the audience? The answer is simple – we all have a unique set of skills and abilities that allows us to easily do this or that job.
What are your abilities?
The answer to the question “WHERE DO I GO?” involves obtaining information about the areas of work that interest you and their place in the labor market.
The task here is to determine exactly what kind of work you are interested in and which companies provide such work:
Information gathering is a creative process, all available information should be used here. For example, the necessary information can be obtained:
from the Internet,
in professional magazines and newspapers,
in conversation with people who work in the field of interest to you.
A part-time internship, possibly even without payment, will help you with more confidence to tell if this job is interesting to you.
Ultimately, the list of work you are considering should be reduced to three. Continue to study the work that is of most interest to you (the most relevant to your interests, values and skills).
Study the companies in the market: their needs, problems that they most often encounter, think about what you can offer them.
If you were consistent in answering the previous two questions, then the answer to the question “HOW TO GET THERE?” It is not particularly difficult, because now you:
know about your specialty;
You know in which companies you can find work in your specialty;
You know about typical problems of companies and you have ideas on how to solve them;
Now you need a professional resume (LINK) and skills for presenting yourself at an interview with the employer (LINK).
When preparing for the interview, think in advance about your appearance in detail, what you will tell the employer how you will answer “tricky” questions. Try to rehearse several times before the interview, asking your friend to play the role of the employer.
Do not be late for an interview, this may give the employer reason to consider you an optional person.
Finally, the main thing: at your work should not be written in capital letters “THERE IS A JOB”. Your task is to convince decision makers that they need you.
In general, the ideology of an active job search is for the student the core around which he builds his studies: he actively selects places for practical training, courses that will be needed for the chosen work, topics for term papers and dissertations, etc.