Why getting your First job isn’t as hard as it looks

It’s that time in college,where countless placement programs happen bringing in dozens of industry experts. It will not be too late for you to realize an ugly truth, which is you having no idea of what you’re gonna do next.

All your dreams about your luxurious future are now getting shadowed by the fear of, you being one among the hundred thousand students who has also dreamed the same. At this stage, I too like everyone else started feeling bad for growing up.

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Now exactly a year later here I am, at a job I’m more than satisfied to work. Though the journey to reach here wasn’t exactly an easy one, it did teach me a lot of lessons which I hope would help you all too :)

Stay Curious

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever -Chinese Proverb

Start asking questions , I know it feels embarrassing to stand up in a crowd and question something, and even more embarrassing when you realize the question is stupid. But believe me, every incident of you getting embarrassed for questioning would really be worthy someday.

If you don’t get the chance to question directly, or still don’t have the guts to do it, you can always drop your questions at sites like Quora.

A site which is possibly the largest gathering of geniuses would always help you. There are also many other alternatives to Quora-like the StackExchange which supports questioning in almost every domain you could possibly imagine.

Stack overflow — Programming
Photo Stack Exchange — Photography
History Stack Exchange — History
UX Stack Exchange — User Experience
you could find the full list here.
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Seeking help is essentially an integral part of growing, so stop feeling bad to ask for help.Most people are always ready to help you if and only, you are curious enough to learn them too.

Quit Complaining

Higher grades aren’t gonna help you unless until you could get the things done in real time. So stop complaining about, you not getting hired in spite of remarkable grades in your academics.

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Getting to know how things work while in college is pretty difficult when you have little or no amount of exposure. The best way to overcome this is to attend meetups, this could help you grow your network. Sites like Meetup.com could prove useful in finding them.

Most meetups conducted now are some way or other related to startups. Founders, Co-founders, and CTO’s of these startups attend such meetups in the hope of finding young & affordable talent for their ventures. This could really be your entry point if you are willing to accept the cons of working in a startup environment.

Yes, the startup environments are hard, and really not a place to be at if you are unwilling to get out of your comfort zone. Still, the learning curves are pretty steep only in such environments.

If you are willing to learn, startups are the best place to work at the starting phase of your career. Sites like Angel List helps you find such Internship and Jobs listings in startups. If you are lucky you could even get hired directly, even before completing your college.

Nothing is Easy

Get ready to move out of you comfort zone, it is a place where everything is safe, but never gets a chance to grow.

At such an early phase of your career learning about the work and industry must be your top priority. Yes, the salary matters, but also make sure you plan for the future and not just for a temporary solution of getting hired.

Each of your actions now could possibly decide where you’d be in twenty years frow now, a dead end job that you hate after many years of repetitive and non progressive work, or in a job where you love Mondays.

Stop learning EVERYTHING

Yes, I mean it. Stop learning EVERYTHING.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times -Bruce Lee

You don’t need to know about everything to be successful, you just have to be good at one thing, and So good such that anyone who comes to know about your domain doesn’t miss a chance to know about you too.

Learning is important, but so is being able to Identify what and when to learn. Try listing out the things you need to learn in a prioritized order starting from things you need to learn right away, and the ones who need to take some time. Stick to the schedule and eventually, this would grow into a habit.

Less is More

Attending ten interviews a week in five different domains is not gonna get you anywhere. Narrow down your interests identify your best shots and go score them. It makes very less sense when you spend your time with both management and development interview on the same day.

Focusing your interests on a single set of skills increases the chances of you getting good in it, and thereby obviously increasing your chances of getting hired too. Make sure You choose your career and do not get settled for whatever that career choice that comes. It might be good for a short term, but soon with the matter of time, you might regret it. People who choose their own careers never complain about their job, no matter how hard it gets.

Getting hired in your first job, it really is one of those very seldom moments in life; that decides your place in the next few years. So do make sure you rejoice it completely even without the slightest bit of regret. The best way to predict future is to create it.

Please feel free to drop in your questions and comments. I’d be glad to help. Thank you.