How to start your career af­ter

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

Are you grad­u­at­ing this year or the next and plan­ning to start a career? Do your­self a favour. Take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your career in­stead of re­ly­ing on your col­lege or any­one else.

Cam­pus isn’t enough:

Cam­pus place­ments re­strict you to a lim­ited num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties. Off cam­pus not only opens you to the world of di­verse op­por­tu­ni­ties but also makes you self-re­liant. As you ap­ply off-cam­pus, you get free in­ter­view prac­tice and en­hance your knowl­edge and con­fi­dence lev­els.

Ba­sic steps:

First, get your re­sume and cer­tifi­cates ready. Next, list your favourite com­pa­nies to tar­get even if they are sched­uled to meet you on cam­pus. Find like-minded friends and look for place­ment drives and job fairs.

Did you get a PPO?:

In­tern­ships strengthen your re­sume. Apart from cam­pus-driven in­tern­ships, look for off-cam­pus op­por­tu­ni­ties. You are likely to learn more and may even get a PPO (pre-place­ment of­fer).

Branded is better:

If you are de­bat­ing be­tween the cool five-per­son startup and a big com­pany, choose the branded com­pany for your first job un­less you have en­tre­pre­neur­ial am­bi­tions. Large com­pa­nies have struc­tured pro­cesses to help you learn ba­sic pro­fes­sional skills. Also, a big brand on your re­sume works won­ders for the fu­ture.

Beyond 3 cities:

Though a large seg­ment of the fresher jobs will be clus­tered around Mum­bai, Ben­galuru and NCR, there are tons of jobs in other cities that are lesser ad­ver­tised. They

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