Selecting the right career

Dhaka,  Wed,  26 July 2017
Published : 14 Jun 2017, 21:00:30 | Updated : 14 Jun 2017, 21:07:22
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Selecting the right career

Selecting the right career
Naimul Kader


Only after getting certificate of academic qualifications, most students usually think of their career. This is a big concern of a person's life as it allows the person to set up the entire life around that career.  But by the time a person graduates, it is too late. The whole job searching after graduation becomes a frustrating exercise specially in a developing country as ours where people with high academic qualifications cannot avail good employment opportunities. We all agree that the job market is really challenging in Bangladesh. Therefore, students need to come up with some innovative perspectives early on to beat the job search challenge and settle in a career they can utilise their full potentials in.

One proverb goes that, 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket.' Those who are going to be  graduates should set their minds not only in one sector rather they should keep their eyes into multiple areas  so that if one option fails in one sector, other choices will be there to apply. Also, it is quite tough to pinpoint a specific sector of passion to set your career goal without few reference points.Selecting the right career

Firstly, the journey of finding the right career is all about endurance. Mental preparation comes first. So, for beating challenges, one should not get frustrated, rather should try to sustain the fighting spirits and be confident and motivated in all situations.

To cope up with current technological advancements, one needs to be skilled enough on hard skills relating to information and communication technology- which we often miss. Needless to say, one should build a professional portfolio that represents ones' potentials and competencies while maintaining a professional network through social media. Graduating with a degree itself can be important for shaping up one's career. One can achieve strong knowledge in particular subject through formal university education. However, it is not true for everyone. Most graduates would wait for the end to get started with their job- this is wrong. As failing to get the best first job may cause depression. So the solution is simple here— either start looking and get into the market to measure yourself early or be flexible.  It can even start from voluntary activities or unpaid internships that can promote/build the portfolio or better yet gives a reality check.

Unless, money is completely necessary for one's financial needs, experience and mentorship should be focused on the initial years. A less than expected salary should not bother you but a low value and less demanding job should.  Fresh graduates should try to enhance  their experience, create a professional network and build genuine long-term relationships, which will be easier to get  eligible jobs.  They also needs to make a professional portfolio that will represent them as experienced candidates.

To make the search more effective, let us discuss the famous framework of John Holland's Theory of Career Choice in selecting and finding the right career. According to John Holland's Theory of Career Choice, in choosing a career, people prefer jobs where they can be around others who are like them. Behaviour is determined by an interaction between personality and environment. Holland's theory is centred on the notion that most people fit into one of six personality types with high and low traits.

The above discussed personality types can act as guidelines that a graduate can use for self-assessment while choosing his/her career path. If all process that are advised do not work, then just the person can also go for starting a small business to understand him/herself. This step has steep learning curve---people do not need to depend on others, rather one can create employment for oneself and for others as well.

The writer is the founder and CEO of Fly High Career Guidelines, a startup career consultancy firm,

naimul.kader@northsouth.edu
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