Even if you haven’t decided exactly what you want to do, you probably have a pretty good idea what you want to get out of it.
To help you focus, we’ve identified and suggested career choices that might help you fulfill your goals.
“I want to earn a really good salary.”
Law, investment banking, and financial services employers typically offer decent graduate starting salaries. With any employer, it is always worth looking into the whole salary package rather than pay alone, as there may also be significant benefits to take into consideration.
Your employer’s job is to leverage your skills and strengths. Consider the following tips to earn a higher salary:
- Gain work experience within the industry to negotiate a good salary from the beginning.
- Consider working remotely.
- Do some job-hopping (in the event you are “too paiseh” to ask your employers for a raise).
“I want to be creative.”
The creative industry includes areas such as architecture and IT as well as design (including fashion and product design), publishing, advertising, and jobs in museums, galleries and libraries. One area or type of career that is creative is public relations. What skills do you need in public relations? PR is concerned with the reputation of an organisation or individual: creating it, safeguarding it and potentially promoting products and services of an organisation or individual. The skills you need to be a public relations specialist are as follows:
- Communication is key, backed up with energy and passion for what you are selling. A lot of PR is centred on what you say, so it’s your performance as a communicator that counts.
- There is some writing involved and plenty of meetings to attend, so you have to be organised.
- As well as being a top communicator, you’ll need to be resilient enough to cope under pressure – and if things go wrong. You have to be confident and thick-skinned working in PR. Being in charge of your client’s reputation, a good PR professional must be skilled in conflict management – you must be able to speak to your client when things go downhill and take criticism from the media.
“I want to help people.”
If you’re looking for a profession that involves caring for people, responding to their needs or nurturing them, here are some careers that might be appealing:
- Public service, charity and social work.
- Teaching and education.
“I want to work in a cutting-edge industry.”
Is the chance to innovate high on your job satisfaction wish list? Here are three careers that offer what you’re looking for:
- IT. From systems analyst, data science to software testing, there are many areas to work in this industry.
- Consumer goods. Employers such as L’Oréal and Danone place a high value on innovation and creativity.
- Engineering. Are you interested in nanotechnology, or the boundaries between biological and electronic systems? Then this is for you.
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