Getting ready to go into the workforce can be intimidating but rewarding. Preparing yourself ahead of time is always best and allows you to practice and build your knowledge and skillsets before entering the workforce. Being in the workforce requires collaboration, communication, and teamwork; all of which can be practiced at school and at home. I mentioned these three skills because in almost all professions, these skills are needed to keep business flowing smoothly and we unknowingly use them in our daily activities. I've included a few tips/suggestions below to help you get ready to go into the workforce:
1. Research- Researching your field of interest allows you to identify the required skillsets, education, and experience needed to pursue a career within that field. Having this information and finding ways to gain the skills and experience prior to applying for a job will make you a more competitive candidate.
2. Resume- Build your resume to talk about you, your education, and experience. Your resume speaks on your behalf, meaning an employer is interested in interviewing you based on the information provided on your resume. Therefore, you should be truthful but tailor your resume to every job. Look over the job description and identify key skills the employer is looking for and implement them into your resume and practice them. Being able to discuss your resume and experience without having to actually look at your resume during the interview is also a plus.
3. Volunteer- Volunteering helps gain experience and helps you practice being in the workforce. Many companies search for candidates with some experience. Volunteering within the your field of interest is a great way to gain experience and network. In addition, it provides more knowledge and insight into the profession, helps you learn skills and stay updated, and helps you to decide if that field is really for you.
4. Network- You should always network, even after you've gotten the job! Speaking with others about your career goals could increase your chance of getting the job. Networking brings exposure to job opportunities, essential in career advancement and gaining employment. You should also considering joining profession associations and attending events. the people you meet while networking could serve as references and mentors throughout your career journey.
5. Take Courses- Taking courses pertaining to your field and getting certified is another way to gain experience. You could also be get internship opportunities, which sometimes leads to being offered a job upon completion. Taking courses can also boost your confidence in your abilities, skills, and knowledge.
I hope these are helpful tips/suggestions to help with your preparation into the workforce.
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Adding to other answers, don't be afraid to get into workforce. Treat it as another place to learn. Keep your eye sharp, always be prepared, and be willing to go extra miles. When you are in a new environment, don't hesitate to asking questions. There is no bad questions as long as it is useful for your. We all learn from mistakes. Also, find a role model at the new place.
Adding to what Megan said. . .
Employees need to be dependable, have good attendance records, know how to receive, and give, orders to other employees, work as a team, etc.
To acquire these skills, both sports and ROTC are a good start. Volunteering also helps. Sometimes it gets difficult to take orders from senior employees who are younger than you, or even newer employees who got promoted ahead of you. It's all part of the way the workforce works!
This is a good question!!
Firstly, focus on a profession or field that sparks your interest. This might mean pursuing a Bachelor's or Associate's degree to get you ready for the job market.
Secondly, consider volunteering in a role that aligns with your career aspirations. For instance, if healthcare is your calling, why not volunteer at a local hospital or healthcare center? This could give you a taste of what it's like to work there full-time, and it might just be your stepping stone to a rewarding career.
Lastly, connect with professionals who are already making waves in the industry you're interested in. This gives you the chance to engage in casual conversations, ask questions, and glean insights that might help you decide if this is the path you want to tread in the future.