Graduation season is upon us. And if you are a part of the Class of 2022, let me say, CONGRATULATIONS!
Often, graduating high school or college can be a stressful time, as you try to determine, and navigate, the rest of your life. Many will tell you to travel, see the world, and just have fun. But fun costs money, and at some point, you have to decide to start a career.
When it comes to picking a career path, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Start by getting organized. What are your interests? Take time to write them down, and determine, which of these interests are hobbies, and which may lead to a career. Consider questions like do you prefer working alone or with a team? Would you prefer working at a computer in a cubicle all day, or out and about seeing and interacting with the public? Do you enjoy public speaking, or prefer to work behind the scenes? Write down your skills, both hard skills (computer programming, graphic design, multilingual, etc.) and soft skills (organized, punctual, confidence, problem-solving, etc.).
Many of your skills will be transferrable from one industry to another. Research a variety of industries and find out which skills are most important in each of them. Visit saukprairie.com to view our career library and explore hundreds of different careers and what businesses in the Sauk Prairie area offer. Videos include career details such as tasks, work settings, and education needed. Once you are done there, visit the community job board to see what opportunities are available locally.
Remember, your first job does not have to be your last job. Use this time to adjust to this new time in your life, while adjusting to a new career. Pay attention to the parts of your job that you are enjoying, as well as the environment of the company. During these first few years of finding your way, pay attention to company culture, the parts of your job that you really enjoy, and those that you do not. You will continue to grow, learn and change as you understand more about yourself, the industry, and what you want from work/life balance. Again, congratulations, the world is yours to discover!