Congratulations to the class of 2016! You’ve made it! We’re genuinely excited and happy for you guys and would love to have all your talent in Shangri-La serving the challenging but ultimately rewarding industry that is Hospitality.
So to start things off, here are 11 of our best tips for fresh graduates!
1. Be Strategic
View your first job as a means to accomplishing a specific goal. If you graduated with a general degree and aren’t sure how it relates, no problem. Approach this first job through a self-exploratory lens to help you better understand your likes and dislikes. Employers are much more interested in real-world applications versus theories, so if your goal is to get as much experience in your field as possible, find a role that gives you a wide range of exposure.
2. Don’t commit to more education before mapping out a career plan
Hold off an investment in higher education until you’ve done your vetting. Believe it or not, your major doesn’t always translate into the dream job you envisioned in college, so it’s best to clock some time in before committing to more years of school.
3. Seek out experts to guide your career journey
Despite their best intentions, family and friends make bad career counsellors. Because they want what’s best for you, their advice comes from a place of emotion rather than logic, which means it’s completely biased. Do some research, get on LinkedIn, and start networking. Find experts and thought leaders in your field, and ask how they achieved their success.
4. Consider these in-demand occupations
Be open-minded to new opportunities, research all the new and exciting jobs out there, and talk to people on the front lines. Your background is much more pliable than you think.
5. Focus on the jobs you’re most passionate about
No smart company is going to have someone who is only there to make money job to pay the bills because there’s always someone else who wants it more. When you’re passionate about your job, you’re excited; you work longer hours and end up accomplishing much more. Life is too short to settle for a career that you hate!
— To be continued in part 2, so stay tuned to our blog and remember to share! —