Friday, May 26, 2017

7 Career Success Tools for College Graduates

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By Chris Richardson

When you started college, you had a blur vision of your future. As you carried on with the studies, you were supposed to crystallize your career goals. That happens for some students, but most of us are still puzzled. There are too many options out there. You saw the graduation as a finish line, but it was only the start of an overwhelming journey.
The list of 100 most popular jobs in the USA gives us an idea of the direction college graduates can take if they want successful careers. These are the careers that take the top positions:
  • Dentist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physician assistant
  • Statistician
  • Orthodontist
You’ll notice that most careers belong to the medical niche, and most of them require additional education.
That list may be helpful, but it may also confuse you even more. There are specific career success tools that will help you take the right path to your future. We’ll suggest 7 of them:
  1. Canva’s Networking Business Card Templates
As a recent graduate, you probably don’t have a business card you can hand out when making connections. However, you still need a card with your information on it. That’s called a networking card. It contains your contact info, as well as information about your skills. The networking card may also include the goals you want to reach after graduation.
Canva gives you useful templates you can use to create your networking business card.
You can start searching for your first job on this site. It’s similar to other job search engines, but it’s special because of its Recommendations feature. The site will keep the records of your past searches and the jobs you’ve applied to. Then, it gives you recommendations for positions that suit your skills and interests. You’ll spend less time in research and more time applying.
As the name implies, this website’s unique algorithm is designed for finding jobs during the start of your career. It suggests you the perfect career within a certain radius. Just enter your location and a keyword related to your goals or skills. You’ll get a list of relevant results.
The best thing about StartJobs is that it gives you career insights. You can explore careers in several industry. You’ll see the average pay and responsibilities related to a specific position, as well as the top paying locations for that job title.
  1. Essay Geeks
You’re still not sure where your college major will take you? Why don’t you explore it a bit further? Many recent graduates get into the academic writing industry. Writing papers makes them good earnings. However, the work also lets them explore their interests and learn much more about the subject they are committed to.
Essay Geeks is one of the online tools that give opportunities to writers. You can work on case studies, essays, term papers, and other projects you’ll qualify for.
At the start of your career, networking is crucial for success. You’ll do that through LinkedIn, but that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to online tools. You’ll meet all the right people when you start attending conferences and different events related to your area of interest.
All Conferences is a search engine that allows you to search for conferences by location and category.
If you’re considering taking some time off after graduation, travelling will be great for your personal growth. However, you should do it with a purpose. GoAbroad is a tool that connects you with volunteering and internship opportunities all around the world. It also gives you a list of jobs you could apply for. If you combine traveling with working, you’ll gain an experience that will look good in your resume.
It’s not easy to be employable in today’s dynamic workforce. College gave you the basic knowledge and skills needed for a starting position, but you still lack many of the skills that make you an attractive candidate. This specialization is exactly what you need. It teaches you how to integrate and apply the skills you gain to your specific needs.

Don’t be overwhelmed! This is a challenging period of your life, but it’s exciting, too! Don’t lose your enthusiasm just because there are obstacles on your way to career success. The obstacles make the journey more fun. Hopefully, the 7 tools above will set you in the right direction.   

Author bio:

Chris Richardson is a journalist, editor, and a blogger at He loves to write, learn new things, and meet new outgoing people. Chris is also fond of traveling, sports, and playing the guitar. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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