For first time job seekers, who are entering this competitive professional world with more of theory knowledge and nil experience, it is advisable for them to do some homework. So, here we provide with some valuable information that will help you think straight and keeping in mind this is not for those who are trying to be rich at the first go!
Now that your college is over, surely, some of you have already decided to work part-time along with your studies as that would help provide financial assistance to support your fun and beautiful college life. There is no harm whatsoever in earning a little cash on the side but understand that you should never sign up for anything with only money in mind. While it may be true that the primary reason behind your decision to work part-time is because you do not want your parents to feel the pinch of paying for your education and other necessities. But you need to understand that taking a job that would only provide you money with no long term benefits is a waste of your time and effort.
You need to ensure that you are benefitted not only in terms of financial gain but your part-time job should also help strengthen your long term career goals. For example, if you want to excel in the management field, working part-time in a call centre would serve both purposes. However, if you want to become a doctor or an IPS officer, this is definitely not the right platform for you. In fact, students pursuing a course should not even think of working part-time in a call centre. These kinds of jobs are most suitable for students who leisure time on their hands after completing their course. Also, keep in mind that earning does not always have to be in financial terms, the greatest earning you can make as a student is to learn skills and techniques that will help shape your future for the better.
To identify the right platform which will provide you financial assistance as well as pay rich dividends to your future, use the method called ‘Work-Based-Learning’. This is a concept highly practiced by students in the West. The following activities can help you make the right choices –
In informational interviews, you meet with people working in your field of interest to ask questions about their occupation, qualification requirements, and job duties. These interviews help you gain insights from people who do those jobs every day.
In a job shadow, you visit a business to observe the everyday functions of an occupational area that you are interested in. Job shadowing experiences offer you opportunities for career exploration and provide you with a realistic view of the day-today activities of specific jobs.
Service learning programs offer opportunities to be a concerned, informed, and productive citizen by providing community service in non-paid, volunteer positions. These volunteer programs increase the relevancy of your academic learning as you apply knowledge and skills while making a contribution to your local community.
In an independent study, you work one-on-one with a teacher or an educator, to develop your work project for credit. Work experience, coupled with written work, such as a journal or essay, is an excellent way to practice, demonstrate, and expand the skills you have learned in school.
An internship is an intensive learning experience. You work in a supervised learning situation with an employer. An internship can give you a broad overview of an occupational field, while providing you with opportunities to experience work responsibilities and develop work skills. Some companies offer paid internships while others do not.
Why Should I Participate in Work-Based Learning?
Work-based learning experiences, offer you opportunities to practice skills and to network with potential employers. However, for students with disabilities, work-based learning experiences offer additional benefits. They give you opportunities to determine if you can perform the essential functions of particular jobs and practice disclosing your disability and requesting accommodations from an employer. In addition, you can test which accommodations work best for you. You can develop selfadvocacy skills through work-based learning. It’s a great way to get off to a running start on your career path!
Who Can Help Me Find Opportunities?
Finding work-based learning experiences on your own can be challenging. You may be unfamiliar with your accommodation needs and the process of locating work-based learning opportunities and jobs. Reach out and ask for support at your school, from family members, and mentors.
- Visit your career centre, counselling or advising office, or School-to-Work program, to find work-based learning opportunities.
- Participate in available orientations, workshops, and individual counselling sessions to improve your job search skills.
- Discuss the types of work setting accommodations you may need with work-basedlearning coordinators and guidance counsellors.
- Work with your teacher, counsellor or transition specialist to practice selfadvocacy skills, develop strategies for disclosing your disability, and gain access to assistive technology.
- Ask family members about their experiences in their field of work.
- Start networking. Begin with people you know (family members, employers, coworkers, friends, neighbours, etc.). Talk to these people about the work experiences you are seeking. They will help expand your network further.
- Seek out individuals you admire to be mentors. People who are in college or pursuing a career are good choices. Mentors can share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with you. They can also provide encouragement and support.
Nobody can tell you what to do; you need to make the decision by yourself. It is time for Northeast students to show the world that no matter which field you decide to pursue, you can give your best and reach the top.