Determining the Right Fit
Last week, we discussed the fact that many of you have recently received (or will soon be receiving) job and internship offers, and how to successfully negotiate those into more attractive opportunities. This week, we’re discussing the next step — how to go about deciding which opportunity to pursue. Below are tips on making a sometimes difficult task more manageable.
Determine your priorities.
Thank about what, right now, is most important to you in a job or internship. Are you looking to maximize income? Okay with taking on a lesser role at a more prestigious company? Willing ,or wanting, to relocate? Do you want work focused on a social good? Developing priorities will give you a set of criteria against which you can evaluate different companies.
Create a list of pros and cons.
Sometimes making your decision is as easy as doing a cost-benefit analysis. Think about all aspects of the opportunity and divide those into things you do and don’t find attractive. Some factors to asses include: pay, growth potential, nature and intensity of the work, vacation and benefits, (re)location, commute, team size and structure, and the presence (or lack thereof) of professional mentors. From there, tie the list back into your priorities — if salary is both your biggest priority and a “pro” of the given job, that’s more important than the fact the same job might pose a “con” with regards to one of your lesser priorities.
Evaluate your expected tenure (jobs only).
How long would you expect to keep the job? If you can’t imagine yourself staying more than a year, it’s probably best to pursue another opportunity. Not only does it suggest you’re not particularly excited about the position, switching jobs too frequently could also be a red flag to potential employers down the road. That said, keep in mind millennials are the “job-hopping generation” — young people switch jobs more frequently than their older counterparts, and leaving a job after “only” two or so years is becoming fairly standard.
Evaluate the people.
Your workplace will be filled with a variety of personalities, skill sets, and work styles. You’ll get a glimpse of these in your interviews—if you can imagine yourself getting along with and learning from those people, it’s probably a good indicator of the office at large. Alternatively, if you struggle to connect with the people asking questions, consider it a potential warning sign. Keep in mind you’ll be spending eight hours each day with your coworkers — don’t underestimate the importance of compatibility.
Evaluate the work.
Study the job description. Does the work sound engaging and meaningful? Are the duties in line with your career goals, and would they help build relevant skills? If you’re already dreading the idea of your day-to-day, look elsewhere — the job isn’t likely to grow on you after the fact.
As a last piece of advice, try not to stress too much. Some anxiety is inevitable, but remember that this is the start of your career, and no one is expecting you to stay the same course until the end. If you ultimately find yourself regretting your decision a couple months later, well, consider it a lesson to carry with you for the next search.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
4/24: Liberty Mutual iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
Representatives from Liberty Mutual, including iSchool alumni, will be in the iLounge to chat informally about career opportunities. There will be a specific focus on the company’s 2019 TechStart Internship and Entry-Level Programs.
Career & Internship Center
4/12: Virtual LinkedIn Workshop; 2:30 – 3:00pm, online
4/16: Interviewing Workshop; 3:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 134
4/17: Internship Workshop for International Students; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134
4/18: Virtual Resume Workshop; 2:30 – 3:00pm, online
4/19: Home Country Job Search Workshop for International Students; 2:30 – 3:20pm, MGH 134
4/26: Marketing and Communications Job & Internship Fair; 2:00 – 5:00pm, MGH Commons
4/12: UW Women’s Center: Salary Negotiation Workshop; 3:30 – 5:30pm, HUB 334
Start Smart workshops are specifically designed by AAUW for college women about to enter the job market to end the gender pay gap. However, all students are welcome. RSVP using above link.
4/17: Microsoft Azure University Tour; 11:00am – 2:15pm, HUB
See where the cloud can take you at a free learning event for student developers, faculty, and staff. Connect with experts, build your cloud skills, and get inspired. Register here.
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