Posted on Mar 25, 2009 | Comments 1
You might be tempted to rely on your education to secure a high-paying career.
However, more and more high school graduates are entering college thanks to vanishing manufacturing jobs and the availability of financial aid.
Due to this, job markets overwhelmed with eager graduates wielding 3.5+â€™sÂ and winning smiles.
In order to secure an entry-level position in the field of your choice, you must prepare before you even grab your diploma.
1.Research higher-paying careers
In the business world, not all degrees are created equal. Degrees in Philosophy, Literature, Liberal Arts, and History might go a long way towards promoting self-growth, but these jobs are not highly marketable.
Students looking to earn a better living might turn to traditional high-paying practices like Medicine and Law, but there are many more high-paying careers that students can get after four years of schooling. Many engineering and computer science degrees require only a bachelorâ€™s degree.
2.Take advanced courses in math
Math really is important. Some of the highest-paying careers today require high proficiency in Mathematics. Computer engineering, accounting, banking and finance all pay high salaries for those who show competency with numbers.
3.Search for internships with federal and for-profit careers
For-profit and federal jobs typically pay more than non-profit careers. Many of these jobs prefer applicants that have previous job experience.
Since everyone is looking for workers with previous experience, how can fresh graduates even get their first job? Internships are a great way to get experience.
And if the internships are all taken up, consider volunteering your time to a business. This is an especially good idea in engineering careers where companies periodically start enormous projects that require manpower.
4.Realize what you are worth
Do not feel guilty over negotiating for your pay [Negotiation skills]. Your time is valuable. Your time could be spent with friends, doing what you love, or finding other work.
The skills you have are valuable and there is no sense giving your skills to those who do not appreciate what you have to offer. You are not greedy if you want more money. You might have a lot of bills to pay and money can be empowering if used well.
5.Prepare to negotiate for your wage
Do your research and get a general idea of what entry-level workers in your field are paid. Many bosses will want to pay their workers as little as possible and you must be prepared to negotiate for your wage. Do not be afraid to set your salary expectation a little high.
You should appear flexible and willing to lower your salary, but keep in mind the general salary for those in your field. This might seem frightening, but this is not so terrifying if you have several interviews coming up.
Remember that you are also interviewing your own boss. Both you and your boss should get as much possible out of your relationship. Do not feel desperate at your first job interview.
Not only are you less likely to get the job in the first place but you will also be more likely to get stuck with the type of boss who will try to intimidate you into working long hours for a poor salary.
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