If you believe the rumours, we as a society have created what’s predicted to become an entire generation void of one of the most desirable indicators of high potential and high performance in the workplace; resilience.
Choose your career and future employer wisely. No one enjoys doing something that is not rewarding, or working with people one doesn't want to spend 8 hours of the day with. Luckily all our Arch Grads have found great placement and feel like they are continuously developing in a personal and professional way.
So, I graduated 2 years ago. Since then, I thought I had this so-called “real world” thing on lock down. I’ve been an intern, worked at a couple of non-for-profit organisations and did a bit of the whole travelling thing. To be honest, I was sure there wasn’t much a 10-week training period for a digital business graduate scheme could teach me that I didn’t already know.
Firstly, plan your budget from your first payday. Financial wellbeing starts with being able to manage within the means available to you. There are a number of free apps that will help you set out a budget and understand where you spend your money each month. It’s illuminating – “coffee… how much?!”
Obviously at the beginning change is never easy and takes a little while to adjust to. Personally, I have learnt a great deal about it, going through some minor/major changes throughout the years. At the start I was always super excited to do something new, which then turned into doubt and then turned in to a ‘can-do’ attitude again.
Setting goals is good. Setting achievable goals is better. An important part of goal setting and striving to achieve those goals is knowing “what good looks like”. But when you’re brand new to a job, or especially when your business is brand new to the market, how do you know what you should be aiming for?
Let me quickly introduce you to Fospha, one of the more forward thinking businesses I know. Fospha does exactly what we all can’t, it makes sense of data, it turns shed loads (technical term) of data into meaningful and useful information for businesses to use. You can imagine that a business like this relies as much as any (or perhaps even more) on the quality of their people.
Today I’m going to tell you the two or three things that he said that resonated with me the most. Firstly he talked about talent. He talked about talent a lot and so do I. At Arch Graduates we’re on “the hunt for top talent” we’re “developing the best young talent in the country” we’re “helping the world's leading organisation develop talent into the next generation of digital leaders”. It’s actually quite hard to talk about what we do without using the world talent. Sir Clive’s view? Talent is the start, not the finish.
So what does that mean? Well, here’s what I think. We live in a world of more content than we can consume. A world where there are new inventions, technologies, apps, companies and jobs being created every day. A world where the possibilities are endless, truly – a 21 year old graduate right now has more opportunities, avenues and options in front of her/him than ever before.
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to transition. The jump from student to professional is a huge leap, but all throughout your career there will be transitions. You may take a new job doing the exactly the same role at a new company and land in a very different culture and dress code. You might change jobs completely and need to reinvent your wardrobe.