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  • September 19, 2016

    Three ways to make a great start in your career

    I’ve always loved the month of September. It always reminds me of a mini-new year. Like many other recent graduates across the country, you may be getting ready to start your new graduate role, or waiting for graduate employers to reopen their applications.

    This may be a time of anxiety or excitement for you. Starting out in your career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It will ultimately shape the trajectory of your life. However fear not, here are my top tips for a great start in your new career.

    Find a role that you will enjoy

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    You are going to spend at least 8 hours a day at work so you might as well enjoy it! Look for a role that will interest you, challenge you and excite you rather than simply going after a job because of the salary. Be passionate about what you get to do or the role you are applying for.

    Know your strengths

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    I believe it is very important to know what your natural abilities are. Align yourself to roles that are able to show off what you can do and the value you can bring to a role or a company. The more you work according to your natural abilities, the more likely you will excel in your job and future career. It is very important to know yourself and what you are good at. Focus and play on your strengths when applying for a job role rather than focusing all your attention on your weaknesses. Check out the website www.jobmi.com which has helped me discover my strengths.

    Think of your career as a series of experiences

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    The most optimistic and intelligent way to look at your career isn’t how long you stay with one employer. I have learned that you will need to collect experiences throughout your career, whether that is with five employers or ten, one business department or five or in one country or three. You need to be excited at the prospect of being a lifelong learner if you want to make an impact, succeed and feel accomplished. The experiences you have expand your world view, give you new perspectives and make you a more interesting and employable person.

    Amaka Uche

    Follow Amaka on Twitter @AmakaUche_EY

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