SERGEY KARPOV SHARED HIS ADVICE ON BUILDING CAREER
‘Hello. Sorry, I’m late. I forgot to read about your company yesterday but I really want to work here. Firstly, I want to know how you are going to pay for my sick leave? Oh, one more thing, where can I smoke here? What’s going to happen if I leave work? And the last question is… what are you planning to do if I’m late again?’
So, our character is an inexperienced young specialist who is just starting his career. One more mistake, and the employer is going to decline his application. He already has serious doubts whether the applicant is a loyal man who is able to work.
However, our character can still get a job… He just needs to remember useful advice on building a career from our guest’s workshop.
The speaker shared important information and played a game with our students. They needed to continue his phrases and answer tricky questions.
The dialogue gradually turned into an instruction on how to find a dream job and to become successful.
Thus, the IGUMO students learned how to build their future career. However, someone wasn’t there to do it… As you’ve already guessed, it’s our character who almost failed his first job interview! That is why we share this advice.
What does one need to know to improve one’s career?
1. MASTER THE SKILLS OF FUTURE
A phone became a usual thing after 75 years of usage. Mobile phone did it after 16 years. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram turned into apps from our daily life in 2-4 years. Now we get used to new devices in two days. These examples show that the speed of integrating new technologies is increasing day by day. It means that our world changes constantly, becoming very complicated.
According to the speaker, we need to stay in touch with modern trends and improve ourselves constantly to become successful specialists.
Sergey Karpov marked concentration, attention control, prudence, digital knowledge, art, etc. as the main skills of the twenty-first century.
Did you master all of them? Take the next step!
2. STATE CAREER PREFERENCES
Pass a test called ‘Career Anchors’ by Edgar Schein and learn your career preferences. People use this technique to find out what kind of professional orientations are more relatable for them.
Anchors mean a person’s tastes and values that motivate him or her. They can appear in the beginning of a career’s development and remain for many years.
3. PREPARE RIGHT RESUME
Now you know what you want to do. What do we do now? A resume plays one of the main roles in applying for a job, so one needs to prepare it right. Otherwise all efforts will be wasted.
How can a student make a resume if he or she has no professional experience and huge achievements yet? In this case, Sergey recommends writing about a student’s activity at the institute, his or her publications in students’ media, good grades, achievements in sports and art, and results of the practices. Mention even insignificant achievements, they can be of great help in producing an impression on an employer. One also needs to be careful and try to avoid any mistakes. For example, the employer won’t appreciate unedited text with too much or too little information and inappropriate photographs.
4. PASS JOB INTERVIEW
Here goes the finish line. One just needs to pass the job interview. However, one can easily spoil it if one won’t meet the rules mentioned by our speaker.
Firstly, don’t ever come to the audition late. Don’t tell about personal problems, lie, or make bad comments about the previous employer. Secondly, be prepared for the audition. Find information about the company or organization, think about the questions you’re going to ask. For example, try to avoid asking about the consequences of your late coming. This way, the employer is going to think that you’re irresponsible. Sergey Karpov recommends such questions as: ‘What are my main goals?’, ‘What kind of opportunities for learning and improving myself can you offer?’, and ‘How will you value the effectiveness of my work?’.
Finally, be confident, wear clean clothes, try to produce an impression of an optimistic, energetic, and ambitious person who strives for improvement and professional advancement.
Remember that you are the one who is responsible for you career growth. Follow these simple rules and be successful!
Ekaterina Orlikova, third-year student, the Faculty of Journalism
Translated by Irina Nikishina