From a college student to a successful employee

The famous Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”. So, how do you find a job that you will love? When you find that job, how can you write a good application and perform well at an interview, should you be invited? 

The first module of the new “Business Skills” course, developed by myself together with LisbonPH, is about landing your dream job. I have been looking at job applications and conducting interviews for 20 years and it still surprises me how badly prepared many graduates are. In this module, you will learn about how organisations review CVs/resumés and application letters, as well as how they conduct interviews. By understanding what they are looking for, you will be able to tailor your application to improve your chances of success.

After I left University 30 years ago, it took me many years to understand how organisations operate and develop the skills needed for working with others in a professional setting. I believe that, had I possessed some more business knowledge when I left University, my transition into the professional environment would have been much easier. 

Most corporate organisations organise their work along similar lines and the second module of the course will teach you how work is cascaded from a vision and mission through strategies and goals before becoming individual objectives that you will perform in your daily work. All organisations are made up of people, sometimes just a few in a small organisation up to hundreds of thousands in a large international corporate organisation. In order for an organisation to thrive, teamwork and communication are key and individuals who possess these skills invariably do better than those who don’t.  

Module 3 will teach you these skills so that you can be recognised from day 1 as being a valuable team member who makes a difference to the business. 

Finally, in module 4 you will learn about how to manage your time and workload for a healthy work-life balance. Whilst work will play an important role in your future, it should not be the only part of your life and you will need to actively prioritise your daily work and communicate effectively with your manager and your stakeholders to ensure you make an effective contribution without compromising your mental and physical health.

Technology and innovation is moving at a faster pace now than ever before and those individuals who have the academic and emotional intelligence to navigate through the rapidly changing business environment will have opportunities that their predecessors couldn’t even imagine. As a result, it is so important that you are well-prepared as you make the transition from academia into your future professional life so that you can harness the enormous potential for yourself and the global community.