Think beyond cam­pus place­ments to make the most of career op­por­tu­ni­ties, says Devashish Chakravarty

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES PERSONAL FINANCE -

are great op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion is lesser.

Pub­lish thoughts:

Start writ­ing pro­fes­sional blogs as a stu­dent. Do you feel strongly about a sec­tor or a com­pany where busi­ness or cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence can be better? Re­search thor­oughly, write about it on your pro­files, tweet it and mark the in­tended re­cip­i­ents. In­vest in a few well re­searched ideas and qual­ity out­put. You will increase your chances of be­ing of­fered an in­ter­view.

Stay con­nected:

When you have worked with peo­ple dur­ing your in­tern­ship or dur­ing an event, stay con­nected. Keep them up­dated about your progress, grad­u­a­tion. This is the be­gin­ning of your pro­fes­sional net­work.

Power up so­cial me­dia:

Do se­ri­ous home­work on the In­ter­net and so­cial me­dia be­fore meet­ing any­one in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity or a job in­ter­view. Know about their back­ground, achieve­ments, ar­eas of in­ter­ests to un­der­stand the in­di­vid­ual.

Stay clue­less:

Are you un­sure about your dreams in life? Lack of clar­ity early can be a strength if it leaves you open to new and dif­fer­ent kinds of learn­ing in your ini­tial years. Make this the time to dis­cover what work you en­joy and what are you good at.

Where’s the party?:

Don’t miss out on fun while on your first job. Meet up with friends, con­tinue with night-outs, plan last mo­ment trips. Pri­ori­tis­ing your­self helps main­tain a bal­ance and keeps it real.

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