Now that your final year of school or college is over, it’s time to start thinking about getting a part-time or full-time job! The Summer holiday season is a great time to start preparing for your job hunt: getting together all the relevant information and documents, putting together a comprehensive resume and a basic cover letter, and beginning to reach out to your contacts and network about potential employment opportunities. You might have all of this under control! But have you thought about the responsibilities that come with taking on a job (or a bursary or scholarship)?
1. Doing the work
One of the big differences between high school and work or university is that it is solely your responsibility to ensure that you do the work that is expected of you. You need to be on time, every day. You need to prepare, and you need to make sure that you pay attention every day, and give each task your all. It’s also important to stick it out, even when things get difficult: this shows a good character and work ethic.
2. Staying informed
Whether it’s about deadlines, tasks, or tests, classes and assignments, it is your responsibility to stay informed and stay organized. Use a digital or paper calendar, or a diary, to ensure that you never miss a deadline, important meeting, or a test if you’re still in university. This won’t make you stand out from your peers, but not doing this is a quick way to get fired or to fail a class.
3. Looking after yourself
Life after school is far more stressful and busy (although there are a lot of fun parts too!) It’s important to take good care of yourself to ensure that you don’t burn out, and can continue to give 110%. This includes getting enough exercise 4-5 times a week, sleeping 7-8 hours a night, and eating a balanced diet with plenty of water. This is also important to keep your brain functioning at its best!
4. Opening your mind
You now have the opportunity to meet so many new people, learn new things, take risks and make mistakes. This is the perfect time to try the hobby you’ve never had time for before, to learn a new language or a new skill, or just spend time in a different part of town. Everyone you meet will have a different point of view and mindset to you: make sure you keep an open mind when interacting with new people.
5. Honoring your sponsors or employers
Finally, it will now be your responsibility to make sure that you meet the expectations of your employer or sponsors (if you have a scholarship or bursary). They have invested time, energy and money into your future and seeing you succeed: make sure that you respond by giving your time, energy and positive attitude in return.
How BrightSparkz’ Mind The Gap can help!
If you’re not sure where to start with your job hunt or application process, now is the perfect time to enroll in Mind The Gap – BrightSparkz’ new graduate enrichment and work readiness program! This 10 module course will guide you step-by-step through the daunting process of applying for your first job, to help you attain your goals and land your dream job. Learn:
- Determining the kinds of jobs & environments that are right for you
- Considering your working conditions & location
- Creating an exceptional CV & an impressive cover letter
- Providing direction on where & how to find your dream job
- Coaching on interview tips & tackling common interview questions
- Navigating salary & related negotiations
- Advising on professional etiquette & communication
- Dealing with difficult work situations
- Mastering the basics of money in terms of budgeting & tax
Written by Tessa Cooper, BrightSparkz Blog Writer