The younger generation is expected to secure a job to build their skills, experience and professional network, but this can be a hard process for someone just starting their career.
Here are some tips for the younger generation entering the world of work; be sure to note these down, you may find them helpful if you are just starting out!
1. Do your research
Before you think about doing anything else, research the company you have applied for and the industry the business is a part of. This will allow you to present your understanding within the recruitment process, and it will also serve you well during your employment with that organization if you are successful. Having this background knowledge will help you engage in conversation with your new colleagues and accelerate your ability to take in information, making you a valuable team member right from the start. When I first started my journey with Macro 4, I focused on researching the history of the business and its offerings, like our enterprise information management, mainframe and accounts receivable solutions. The extra time I took to learn about these products meant I felt more prepared going into my new job.
2. Ask questions
Being bold and asking effective questions is my best advice. Sitting in silence will only cause more problems later on because questions are essential to help you learn, develop and perform. The more questions you ask, the more you will understand what is expected from you, allowing you to become independent and successfully deliver projects. In addition, asking your peers good questions will demonstrate your interest and passion for the role, as well as your drive to achieve good results. Before I started working at Macro 4, I researched and made a list of questions I wanted to ask about the company and position available; these were professional and intended to spark meaningful conversations. As a result, it helped me to feel more comfortable and quickly build relationships with my team.
3. Be confident in your ability
Building and keeping your self-confidence high is a great approach to have in the workplace. If you do not have a great deal of confidence in your abilities, you can expect to see a drop in your work rate, commitment and ambition for the role. Instead, it would be best to focus on understanding your strengths and the value you bring to the team. This can position you in a stronger mindset, helping you to become more productive and engaged in your tasks.
4. Network with anyone and everyone
As someone just starting their career, I recommend you network with as many individuals as possible. These people could be starting their careers or even looking to retire; whoever you meet, networking with them could open doors and provide you with more opportunities to progress. Creating an account on the social media platform LinkedIn is a great place to start. This online CV lets you keep in touch with your new connections, build your professional image, promote your achievements and solidify your reputation.
5. Say "yes" to every opportunity
When you work collaboratively in a professional working environment, you will be asked to take on new projects and responsibilities involving various activities you may be unfamiliar with or lack experience in. These tasks may take you out of your comfort zone, but by accepting these challenges with a simple "yes", you may find you get more out of them than you first thought. As you begin to accept new responsibilities, you will realize that they are actually opportunities hidden in plain sight, helping you develop and expand your skill set. For example, I was given a task that involved speaking publicly in front of a large audience. At first, I was nervous and unsure whether I wanted to do it, but once I stepped out of my comfort zone, I felt confident and glad I had taken the opportunity.
Are you looking to start your career? Check out our careers page and other blogs discussing Macro 4's student placement program.