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What to choose as a first job

Looking for your first job is really exciting…and intimidating.  There is a whole world out there full of jobs that most people have probably never heard of.  So where do you start?

First, what you would like to do?  If you are unsure about what you would like to do, you can start by focusing on your interests and skills.  By focusing on what you enjoy, working should be fun.

The main thing to remember is that you are not committing yourself to one particular career path by taking a certain job.  All jobs will have transferable skills, things that you can learn and most will offer some progression.  Even if that is understanding a different type of environment or style of working.  A lot of things can be sold in a positive light for other employers, jobs or careers.

A great thing to consider when looking for a career are the prospects for progression and growth within a company.  Most people thrive and do really well when challenged and they see a route to where they want to be.

Experience counts

Starting in a managerial role as a first job is pretty unlikely, it doesn’t matter how good your qualifications are.  You have to prepare to work hard and learn on the job to be able to progress up the ladder.

If you are finding it hard to get a job, an agency like us here at i2i Recruitment can help you get ready for a job.  We can help you fine-tune your CV (read our writing a perfect CV guide here) and get ready for interviews.  The only thing we can’t really do is figure out what you want to do as a career.

An alternative option to a ‘normal’ full-time job is an apprenticeship or work experience.  An apprenticeship is a ‘real’ job where the company promise to look after you, help train you and let you have time to study and sometimes attend college.  They’re normally full-time hours and have a salary.Work experience is less formal, with you approaching companies either directly or through school or college.  You tend to do this for no more than a week or two, there is no pay and you more like a volunteer gaining experience rather than an employee.

Work experience is less formal, with you approaching companies either directly or through school or college.  You tend to do this for no more than a week or two, there is no pay and you’re more like a volunteer gaining experience than an employee.

Although work experience isn’t an actual job, it doesn’t mean that if they have a position open they might like what they see in you and offer you a job.  It might not be the job being advertised because that job might want experience and you’re being given an opportunity to learn and gain that experience.

Obviously, this is rare, so don’t get frustrated if they don’t offer you something.  Take the experience you have gained, add it to your CV and show that you have grown because of this work experience.

Choosing a company

There are a lot of factors to determining what kind of company you would like to work for.  You can consider:

  • Number of employees
  • Location
  • Culture and personality
  • Staff development
  • Company ownership
  • Benefits
  • Management structure
  • Company performance
  • …and so many more.

If you decide on a certain company or type of company you would like to work then you can start a search.  Don’t be put off if there aren’t that many jobs, especially if you are being quite specific.  Remember you can always send your CV with a covering prospective letter.  They might just call you if a role comes up, or there may be roles that are advertised internally that they could open up to you and the public at a later date.

Keep your eyes open for the jobs you would like.  Search every day.  i2i Recruitment can help though.

We have exclusive clients that only advertise their jobs with us, and sometimes roles will come in and be filled quickly enough that we don’t need to put them on our website.  By being registered with us, and letting us know the kind of jobs you are interested in, we will always make sure any roles that suit your requirements are sent across to you.