Sometimes it can feel like school will last forever. But there’s nothing like the excitement of your new career to keep you motivated. One great way to tap into the energy of that excitement is to spend some time researching the job market of your career field. Here are some tricks to put pep in your step as a student by looking into your future.
Browse job sites.
Pretend you’ve already graduated, having earned one of our healthcare degrees. It’s time to look for a job (and if you’re with Ultimate Medical Academy, you know you’ll have help with that). One of the first questions you might ask is where you’ll live. Will you move for your new healthcare career? A new city? This is pretend, so have some fun with it. Pick a city and then search for careers there. Spend half an hour and find a few perfect positions—jobs you would be excited about. You can try indeed.com, careerbuilder.com or alliedhealth.com. You could also search Linked.com for jobs.
After you’ve found a few jobs in your new career field that look like a good match for you, research the companies that are hiring. Find out how many locations they have, look at photos of their facilities, read the news links to see what the company's latest accomplishments are. See who the leaders are and Google them. These steps will help you really envision what it would be like to work there and have pride in your employer.
Network through LinkedIn.
You might be surprised to discover that your pretend job search actually gets you excited about a company or type of position. Your next step could be to get on LinkedIn.com and try to connect with the people who work there. (To learn more about LinkedIn.com, read “How to Create a Stellar LinkedIn Profile” and “How to Connect with More People That Could Hire You.”) As you visit different people’s profiles, look at their work history. Maybe you’ll have something in common with them such as school, a city where they used to work or a common connection. Try to connect with anyone you feel could help you in your career, either now or later. If any of those people accept to your invitation to connect, you may find yourself in a real discussion about your career field or even a future job opportunity.
Find ways to improve your résumé.
As you start to take your pretend job hunting seriously, think about things you’d like to add to your résumé. You may get ideas from looking at people’s LinkedIn profiles or something included in the job description or requirements. Maybe you’d like to learn more about a type of software, or industry, or new methodology. Maybe certification is more important than you realized.
Use your excitement.
Before you know it, you could be excited about a company, a new connection through networking or a new idea to improve your résumé. The energy you get from that excitement about your future can be a valuable tool for school. Use that energy to study harder, research more and perform better academically. It’s amazing what enthusiasm can do for your attention span and dedication to succeed.