Your expectations about a particular role might also be different to reality.
Jenny an intern with Philips’ procurement team explained that having applied for a couple of internships and gone through the interview process for both, she found that while she might have initially been more interested in one of them, “I realised it wouldn’t have been right for me.”
Be open-minded about your career options and be prepared to actively explore different areas. Just because you start your career in human resources doesn’t mean you’ll be doing that for the rest of your professional life. When you embark on a new job, different opportunities present themselves and your career may end up taking an unexpected and potentially more rewarding direction.
4. Be selective.
Searching for a job should be a considered process. Randomly applying for any job because you need to get your career going is not the way to kick-start a meaningful working life. What type of organization do you want to work for? Is there a particular culture that suits you better?
Thomas from Philips’ Research weighed up the merits of working for a multinational corporation versus a start-up and decided a corporate environment suited him better. “I knew it would be interesting to work with a larger, more diverse group of people... compared to the same small group of people in a start-up.”
For Jenny, the corporate life was interesting, but that was only part of it, “I wanted to work in an international environment with a culture of different people around me.”
Checking online resources such as Glassdoor can give you some insights into a company’s attitude so you can find a workplace that is your better match. For some people, a company with a clear mission and shared values is an important consideration, while for others it’s the chance to work on a project that makes a meaningful difference to people’s lives.
5. Cooking with confidence.
Job interviews can certainly rattle your nerves, and while it’s natural to be nervous, you can minimize anxiety by being prepared.
Intern Annelie advises, “Google the most common interview questions and prepare answers to questions ahead of time.” She also suggests equipping yourself with some personal highlights that you can talk about with the recruiter, “What are you most proud of, your strongest qualities, development points and what you can bring to a team.”
It’s important to remember that while you’re interviewing for a job, the interview is a two-way street also giving you an opportunity to assess a prospective employer, a perspective that might help make you less anxious.
When Aleksandar was interviewing with a number of prospective employers he knew which one he preferred the most, “I really loved the environment at Philips and didn’t feel this way anywhere else.”