Make sure you play an active and not a passive role in your own development, starting with your training!
Prior to looking for a job, you must have defined your career plan (Who am I? What do I want to do?).
It’s never too soon to start! Your career plans should ideally begin to take shape while you are still studying, and not once you are qualified. Build your academic career by choosing the knowledge and know-how that will develop your talent and form your personality. Complete this with real-life experience outside a strictly academic environment.
Learn to know what your values, your preferences and your desires are… and above all, decide what you do not like (situations, people, disciplines, activities, structures, etc.).
As you analyse all these elements, you will identify the type of corporate culture you will be able to make your own and the job(s), duties and activities that will enable you to fulfill your potential.
Learn how to:
know your resources
What do you do best, what are your strengths and weaknesses? Ask those around you (your family, friends, teachers or colleagues) to get the clearest view possible.
What points must you improve to accomplish your career plan? You should choose the different experiences (such as work placements, projects, jobs, options, associations during your studies, or if you have your diploma, the jobs and extra professional activities) that will teach you the necessary skills (professional and personal) to make a success of your project.
Who am I? Who is the company I am contacting? You must have the answers to these essential questions before attending any interviews, so you can argue that you have the skills the company is seeking, and that its environment is suited to you.
be aware of opportunities in the sectors that interest you
Many organisations (job centres, Chambers of Commerce, etc.), documentation centres (with access to professional press, guides and directories) and web sites are mines of information.
Ask the professionals (former students, teachers, people you know or meet at job fairs, partners, etc.). They will teach you the most about the economic situation and job opportunities in their sector.
ask the right questions
When you do meet professionals, don’t be afraid to ask them the questions that will tell you “more” about the jobs and organisation in the company, the career opportunities, etc.
What are your main tasks? How did you reach your position? What do you like the most about your company?