Do You Have a “Worthless” Degree?
It’s not as bad as it’s commonly made out to be – if you use it to your advantage.
at Workforce Singapore. Here are four tips from career coaches on how to sell it right.
Know the market
To find out where you are employable, you have to know the landscape. This involves lots of research, but it will greatly help you find the right path for you.
“Take part in career fairs, networking events and job search workshops so you have better insight as to what the available jobs are, where your degree fits in and which sector or organisation requires your skill sets,” says Rasidah.
Check out the Workforce Singapore site (wsg.gov.sg) for a comprehensive list of job fairs taking place.
Figure out how to really sell yourself
The trick to finding a job is putting yourself out there in a way that prospective employers recognise your value and what you can bring to the table.
“Pay attention to how you craft your resume, and craft one that ‘sells’ your value to prospective employers. Showing how you can add value to the job you’re applying for will help differentiate you from your peers,” recommends Rasidah.
Think laterally – for instance, if you studied philosophy, not only does this mean you know a lot about Plato, but your ability to look at problems from a variety of perspectives is a great management skill set. Your skill in communicating ideas clearly and logically is also a valuable asset, no matter what industry you’re in.
Track the trends
Constantly upgrade your portfolio to stay competitive in the job market. The key is to continuously pick up new skills.
“Regardless of your qualifications, it always helps to stay abreast of industry trends and be aware of skills that are in demand,” says Wendy Heng of Robert Walters Singapore. “If you’re a marketing professional, it might be useful to be equipped with skills in social media marketing, mobile marketing, project management and content development. You can also upgrade your skills by taking advantage of free online courses on websites like Coursera.”
Make yourself the right team fit
These days, many people have paper qualifications, so it’s vital that you set yourself apart. “Employers look for jobseekers with strong interpersonal skills.” adds Rasidah. While these traits aren’t directly related to your degree, you will win people over with your personality. “It’s important to have a positive mindset, as this will show in your interactions with them,” she says.
“You’ll need to constantly upgrade your skills to keep up with the demands of the ever-changing job market.”