There are few things more stressful that figuring out how you are going to support yourself after you obtain your degree in finance. Stepping into the so-called “real world” is a frightening task that many often feel unprepared for. Lack of planning ahead of time can cause your career to start off on the wrong foot, so it’s important for you to take control of your future before it’s here. Therefore, be sure to follow these next few tips to help you land your first job and kick start your finance career before you take that walk across the stage!
Follow your passion
You’re never going to be motivated enough to find a job if you’re looking in all of the wrong places. Avoid choosing to apply for a position because of factors such as the salary, hours or the impression that the job may be easy. You do not want to get trapped in a finance career that you never wanted to be a part of in the first place; you may have a passion for finance, but specifically for accounting rather than investment banking.
The first job after college is the perfect time to pursue your passion with the degree you worked so hard for, so think outside the box with what you can do with your education and knowledge. Don’t shy away from a position because it’s an internship, it’s unpaid, has a low hourly salary, or if the road to your dream job seems too difficult from there. Starting your finance career is all about finding out if a certain career path within the industry is right for you.
Attend career fairs
Many finance professionals can say that their first job after college happened because of attending one of their university’s career fairs. While it was most likely an entry level job at first, they would probably agree that if it wasn’t for that first position, they wouldn’t be as successful and happy as they are now with their career.
Finance career fairs give you a chance to speak with employers, get your resume out there and show them in-person why you would be a great asset to their company. Career fairs also help you build worthwhile connections that don’t just help you land your first job, but may even help you in your career some time down the road.
An entry level job doesn’t come easy, especially when it would be your first job after college and you haven’t built a solid base of professional connections just yet. An easy way for you to gain connections is to reach out to the alumni of your university. Many companies are attracted to candidates that obtained an education from an institution which they know is extremely credible. They have pride in where they received their degree and love having that in common with their employees.
LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are just a few of the outlets you can take advantage of to find finance professionals that attended your university. Therefore, make getting your first job a little easier on yourself by not being afraid to connect with people you’ve never met that are in the career field you desire to be in. The worst thing that could happen is that they don’t respond.
Many current professionals will say that getting your first job before you even have your diploma is one of the most satisfying and rewarding feelings you will ever have during your finance career. Even though the pay of an entry level job is most likely not what you’re hoping for, it is the experience that truly matters. Build up your resume one position at a time and you’ll get to that dream job you’ve always wanted.
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