When it comes to job searching after graduation, a few carefully considered factors can make all the difference to your future. Sometimes there is no way of really knowing what we really want until we experience it and it is natural to be uncertain when facing big decisions. There are things that we can do to minimise the chances of making a decision that fails serve us.
Harness the energy and enthusiasm you have after graduating and take this with you into your next endeavour, whatever that may be. Keep moving while you have momentum. Employers like to see that you are off to a running start with ideas and skills that are fresh in your mind. There are two primary career pathways for graduates and sometimes they can be difficult to tell apart.
So, what is the difference between Graduate Programs and Graduate Jobs?
Graduate programs are specifically designed for new graduates who would like fast track their career in a particular industry. Graduate programs are built around industry specific knowledge and usually collect the top sector of academics for the graduate program. Graduate programs are designed to work on the skills recently taught in a theoretical setting and build on specific career goals and methodologies.
A graduate program is a structured career pathway. Graduate programs will offer inductions, mentoring, professional development, access to senior management and expertise. Graduate programs take course over a set period of time, usually between 1 and 3 years.
Graduate programs offer rotational settings, giving you a range of experiences in the company. This will provide you with a strong understanding of what working with the company and working within the industry is like.
Otherwise known as entry level jobs, graduate positions are designed with graduates in mind and exist across all industry sectors. Graduate jobs are perfect if you have graduated with more than one possibility for your future career and would like to take the time to explore some different working environments.
Entry level jobs are more open positions where your roles and responsibilities may be varied. You are not entering a structured program of professional development that has been specifically designed but rather applying a more generalised skill set. Some entry level graduate roles might include administrative assistants, customer service officers and sales representatives.
The workplace you find when you graduate can be different to the theoretical framework of your particular discipline. Sometimes, getting a broad picture of the current trends and culture of your industry before committing to a particular course of professional development is a good idea.