As a student takes his or her first steps into the professional world, there is bound to be a huge paradigm change. The world that students have thrived in for the last 3-4 years of their life is suddenly wiped away and replaced by the new, exciting and somewhat scary world of professional practice. The first few months at your first job are incredibly important because this is the space of time in which one should adjust to this new world and learn as much as possible about organizations and how they work.
With this in mind, the aspiring job seeker should take great pains to ensure that he/she is ‘job ready’! Job readiness is a rather ambiguous term but it still holds weight when it comes to HR managers who decide on hiring freshers. In this post, we are going to shed some light on what job readiness should mean to students and freshers.
Mastery over core subject:
Almost all job requirements come down to a specific skill that a student possesses. Since you are just getting done with your degree, then it reasonable for an employer to assume that what you learnt during your degree years is your main skill. The first step towards job readiness is to have a good hold over your core subject. For example, if you are a software engineer, you should know all about software programming principles, practices, industry trends and most importantly, writing software that works.
No one expects you to be the Guru of software programming at your first job but that does not mean that you shouldn’t know your subject inside out. Before applying for a job, assess yourself thoroughly when it comes to your subject knowledge. If you feel, that you are lacking somewhere, then go back to the drawing board and perfect yourself. Make sure that you only apply to a job when you feel you are completely confident about your subject skills.
Ability to learn:
There is some misguided notion among quite a few students that all learning is to be done during their college years. Learning apparently stops when you take up a job. This line of thinking is ridiculous. Learning never stops, no matter at which stage of the professional ladder you will end up. In fact, many people (myself included) maintain that true learning happens only when you take up a job. College deals with theoretical stuff while applying the same theories to practice is a whole different story.
It is thus important to keep an open mind, which becomes a sponge for knowledge during the span of your career.
We can’t stress this enough. Communication is the golden key to all progress. It is imperative for freshers and students to learn to communicate effectively with the people around them. In the professional space, you will be working with and collaborating with a lot of people. Remember that success of a project is never a solo effort. It inevitably boils down to how well you can work with your colleagues as a team.
Push to communicate in an open and transparent manner. Speak your mind and try to understand your colleagues and their decisions as well. Communication is not just about having your voice heard. In many instances, it is also about being a good listener. Quite a bit of workplace and business related issues can be solved very simply by just communicating effectively.
Personal and professional discipline matters a lot when it comes to being successful at anything. To be successful, one needs to have quite a bit of patience. It does not come very easily but building a disciplined routine is one of the key steps towards overcoming roadblocks and succeeding.
Make sure that you draw up a routine. Learn to allot time to particular tasks. Discipline need not be only about your professional life. A good starting point is to implement and perfect your personal discipline. Once you are set in your habits, then professional discipline will come easily to you. Being disciplined in your office is not just about being well behaved. It is more about doing work effectively and maximising your productivity. Build a good framework for yourself when you are a student so that you can implement it when you start your first job.
We hope that you will think about these points before you apply for your dream job. All the best!