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You are about to finish college and you are scanning the horizons for a job

You are about to finish college and you are scanning the horizons for a job.

Welcome to the world of freshers employment!

There are many students out there just like you who are in the last lap of their college and have many question marks in their heads:

· What jobs should a major student like me apply for?

· What are the best matches of major and freshers employment?

· Where would I get guidance as to where to look and where to start regarding a match between my major and freshers employment opportunities?

· What career choices I have with my major?

If you can see here, the emphasis is not on the job, but on the major – which is to a certain extent warranted from a fresher because until now that was the only focus of your life.

However, now you need to change that attitude, and broaden your outlook. This is, after all, about the rest of your life, your hopes and dreams. Seeking a major and freshers employment match in order to apply for a job can be a totally counter-productive approach.

This is not to say that there is no connection between the major and freshers employment. Rather, as you would think, employers do seek freshers by their majors.

However, the greatest preference would always be given to the fresher who can perform a perfect marriage between their skills and the inherent qualities that their major would entail.

Remember, this is about matching jobs to people, as well as matching people to jobs. The best fit is always going to be a good mix of talent, qualifications, and enthusiasm.

The Major And Freshers Employment Connection

Come graduation and every student thinks of employment. The better the college/ business school the higher the expectations; and the more complicated the world outside looks.

Most students think is that there is a “magic list” out there for freshers employment, which would match perfectly to what they majored in – and getting such a job would be a piece of cake.

The realty however, is that there is no such magic list. You need to create the magic list yourself by correctly connecting your major and freshers employment opportunities. How do you do this?

  1. First of all, you need to take a pen and paper and list in detail all the skills – business, communication, financial, computer, leadership, technical, soft, etc – that you possess. Include those you acquired through your major and your minor, as well as those you inherently possess and have come out through your extra-curricular interests/ activities.
  1. Secondly, you make another list with your interests – this is regarding where you would you like to work. Ignore your major and minor when you draw up this list; ignore any obvious linkage between our major and freshers employment. Just concentrate on what you like to do. Make a list with 5-10 options – or more, if you have wide ranging interests.
  1. Thirdly, take these two lists and look at them closely. Now, match your skills and the qualification you garnered through your major and minor from list 1 to the dream job that you have drawn on list 2.

If you look at it, this looks pretty simple. However, it takes a lot of practice for a student to get out from the narrowness of vision that the match of his/her major and freshers employment entails.

Most students do not look at the job and their capability to match the requirement; they rather see the job matching their major – which is a very narrow approach and often a highly inadequate one.

The risk is categorizing yourself in terms of your qualifications, and leaving out your other skills, interests, and preferences. That can lead to career dissatisfaction, and even missing good job and career opportunities.

Hence, the best advice that you would ever get for your job-search endeavour is that you forget about the major and freshers employment connection and look at what you want to be. Do not limit yourself to your major/ minor; rather use these as the means to adapt your skills to your dream job.

Counseling can help, and many colleges and some employers can be a big help.

But it’s your call. You’re the one in the best position to decide what you want out of your life and your career.

Remember, the best candidate for any job is he/ she who can mold his/ her knowledge and skills-set to the requirements of the job.