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by FutureLab | 06 Aug 2019
Many have compared the process of choosing a mentor with other kinds of relationships. Two of our favourites are these: Choosing a mentor is like choosing a spouse, but for only a short while Choosing a mentor is like hiring an employee, in reverse. Both of these analogies work well for us. Choosing a mentor is like a marriage of sorts because the mentors can make or break your career. The process of choosing a mentor is quite similar to hiring a new employee for a company. It is a funnel-like process. When you are faced with a pool of mentors with different qualities and different fields, as you would find at FutureLab, you need to be able to narrow down the pool to the few who would impact your career positively. First, you will need to focus on the skillsets of mentors, in order to find those who have expertise in the specific skills that you are looking to hone. Among these mentors, there will be those who started in that field and are still thriving in it. There will also be those who were previously in a different field and have now transitioned. Decide which of these groups match your experience, or is more likely to have what you are looking for. Also, if you are searching for certain specifics, such as years of experience, level in the hierarchy, this point will be a good place to make that distinction. By now, you should have a list of mentors who have the necessary skills and experience to help you succeed. Now, you can focus on personality, IQ, EQ, listening skills and values to choose your mentor. You definitely want to choose someone with a high IQ and EQ. If you are an introverted person, you may want to choose an introverted mentor to match you, or an extroverted one to emulate. Also, you need to ensure that your core values match those of the mentor that you will eventually choose. Most importantly, the person you choose should be a person of integrity. This is non-negotiable. While choosing a mentor, understand that mentors are not life partners, they will not be with you forever. A mentor is there to walk you through that particular phase, and once you have moved on to the next level, you might need a new one. Now that you know how to make your choice, head on over to FutureLab where we have experienced mentors from different industries waiting to connect with you.
by FutureLab | 01 Aug 2019
But if anything, statistics have shown that the current generation is so much better than the previous. Youths today are much less likely to use drugs, have sex, use guns, go on riots, etc compared to youths of the previous generation. However, what is more important are the things no one is saying. No one is talking about how good the youths are today. No one is talking about how young people nowadays are more entrepreneurship-oriented than ever before. Nobody is talking about how today’s youths are more involved in charity and volunteering than the previous generation. No one is talking about how youths today start fending for themselves much earlier than it was previously. Nobody is talking about how young people today are more likely to obey rules than previous generations. The plain truth is, today’s youth are behaving and performing much better than their predecessors. Granted, they have technology backing their efforts, but they also have to experience the downsides of this technological invasion. So why don’t we shed the negative narrative. Let us instead begin to recognize the efforts of those who are working to create a better future for themselves. And for the youths who are working hard to better their future, we have mentors who are willing to volunteer their time and experience to help you achieve your goals. Speak to a mentor today.
by FutureLab | 24 Jul 2019
Alumni mentorship, simply put, is when the former students of a school, being more knowledgeable about them during- and after- periods of education, help to guide current students, to ensure they avoid mistakes and they succeed. Why is Alumni Mentorship such an important concept? # The alumni know the ins and outs of the university. They know the useful tips and tricks that can help a student. They also have contacts within the university that they can take advantage of to assist students. # The alumni know what it is like to be a newbie in the workforce. They have probably made some mistakes and made some discoveries, and they can pass on this knowledge to the students. # The alumni are from different industries. They can help the students figure out which career path they want to follow in the future. # The alumni can support current students in various ways, by sponsoring them, by offering them internship opportunities or jobs in their companies, by exposing them to other experts in the industry, and so many more. # The alumni are in the best position to understand the struggles that the students may face in the college or university, and they have enough experience to suggest viable solutions. Alumni mentorship is more important than many realize, and every institution should have a system for it in place. Do you want to know how to build an alumni mentorship network in your institution? FutureLab already has a platform that can help you.
by FutureLab | 18 Jul 2019
Many educational institutions have a misguided perception of alumni associations: in many cases, they are not sure how to utilise their alumni network to the fullest potential. Many are of the opinion that the alumni are good for fundraising and donations, and that’s about it. However, this could not be any further from the truth. Alumni networks are more immensely beneficial to the institutions, in ways that go beyond just monetary assistance. How? You may wonder. Here are a few. The alumni are an institution’s best form of publicity. A testimonial from a former student is more powerful and more relatable than an ad on the internet. The alumni can provide resources to their alma mater, in the form of field trips, job shadows, internship opportunities and many more. These resources, varied as they are, can be utilised if there is a strong relationship between the alumni and the institution. The alumni can serve as mentors to current students, especially graduating students, helping them find their career path and succeed in it, and thus boosting the institution’s reputation The alumni association serves as a reservoir of various opportunities. Alumni can serve as references to enable graduating students to find their dream jobs. Alumni can raise substantial funds for their institution. They can also institute scholarships for deserving students. The strength of an institution is built on the foundation of its alumni. Keep your alumni close and the benefits will certainly outweigh the costs. Contact FutureLab today to find out how to build your alumni network
by FutureLab | 18 Jul 2019
Industry 4.0, simply put, is the 4th upgrade version of the industrial revolution. Hopefully, you have heard about the Industrial revolution. Perhaps, you even know a thing or two about what it entails. But before we talk about Industry 4.0, we should first understand the 3 earlier versions, right? Heads up, all the earlier versions have equally generic names. Before any of the industrial revolutions was what we like to call the stone age, where everything was done by hand. But then came Industry 1.0 with the introduction of engines that were powered by water and steam. That was the hype of the 18th century. The discovery felt like one of the best things to happen to humans at the time. Little did they know that there was more to come. Industry 2.0 came in the 19th century, heralded by electricity. Now people had machines that could do help them work faster and easier. Apart from the machines, there also developed a concept known as assembly line production. The concept started in the manufacturing industry, where different people handled the different parts of production for a car, thus making the process much faster. Industry 2.0 was a great time, but it was nothing compared to Industry 3.0. In the 20th century, computers showed up: machines that could do work without needing human supervision. As computers developed, artificial intelligence joined the party. All the things that they thought were fast before became even faster. And there was no need to monitor the processes. It was amazing. Now Industry 4.0 is upon us. It features super-fast machines that can make decisions by themselves. This technology is called the Internet of Things (IoT). Industry 4.0 means that only these intelligent computers will be needed to execute an entire production or manufacturing process, that only the systems are enough to manage an entire supply chain system. Did you notice any trend in the revolutions? With the advent of each version came a reduced need for humans. Industry 4.0 enthusiasts predict that nearly no human labour will be required. Where does that leave us? Not to worry, as old jobs are eradicated, likewise new ones will be developed. Luckily, some people graduated from the same school you are in now, and they also faced a similar problem: there were no jobs that exactly match their studies. They had to adapt themselves, the same way you will have to eventually. These people are your school alumni. If you want tips on how to remain relevant in a rapidly changing industry, speak to one of your school alumni. And if you still need to speak to other people, FutureLab has a lot of mentors who can open your eyes to the wealth of opportunities that exist and will arise.
by FutureLab | 11 Jul 2019
It is not uncommon to see high-end universities like Harvard and Stanford speak of their Alumni networks with so much pride, and it begs the question of why their Alumni is so important to them. Here are 3 major reasons why every university should have a thriving Alumni network:1. Support Support from Alumni can manifest itself in several ways. A university which plans to extend its reach into foreign countries can always draw on the power of its Alumni to execute this, with less cost and more effectiveness. Support could be in the form of scholarships for deserving students. (Example: Harvard University). Support could manifest in so many other forms, including in university events, fundraising and so many more. 2. Resources A strong Alumni network is directly related to the quality of resources, human or otherwise, that a university can tap into. Do you need to establish contact with someone in Google Inc.? Your Alumni can make the connection. Or perhaps you want to conduct field trips to Marvel Studios? An Alumnus can have that arranged easier than the university staff will be able to. Whatever the resource needed, more often than not, a university would have an alumnus who is in the right place to source it out. It all boils down to the strength of the university’s alumni network. 3. Mentorship With the job market changing so rapidly from what it used to be, the education sector is finding it quite a task to keep up with these changes. Thus, graduates realize that they are unprepared for their respective industries. However, current students of the university can get practical advice from their predecessors who have already overcome these issues, and thus avoid those pitfalls. Plus, the reputation of the university soars. The benefits of a strong Alumni relationship are not limited to what has been discussed in this article. There are more benefits that abound and even more which will spring up in the coming years. Alumni networks, important as they are, are sadly being neglected by numerous universities. A turnaround in this phenomenon would definitely reflect on all parties involved, and in positive ways. Visit portal.futurelab.my to find out more about how you can efficiently build and utilize your alumni.
by FutureLab | 08 Apr 2019
Have you ever had to carry a heavy bag on your shoulders? Well, if you’ve only had to carry the bag for a couple of minutes before setting it down, it may probably cause your shoulders to feel a little tense. Perhaps, you’ve had to run a couple of errands with that heavy bag for over an hour, your shoulders and back start to ache. Perhaps, you’ve had to carry the bag all day, the ache in your shoulders and back gradually intensify. While the weight of the bag remains, which runs in parallel to our physiological reaction and hormonal release, the difference lies within our perception and experience of the stressor – much like the duration and ways we hold on to that heavy bag. Although small doses of stress can be a great motivator, high doses of stress can cause us to feel overwhelmed and, in some cases, trigger anxiety as well as a host of other mental and physical problems. Ultimately, stress helps us survive – by changing our perception of stress, there is potential to transform your life; this is evident based on research from Harvard*, where participants who were diagnosed with hypertension due to stress and were instructed to reappraise arousal by reframing stress as helpful rather than harmful, showed improvement in emotional outcomes as well as an increase in their cardiac efficiency. Even though we can’t get rid of stress completely, here are five ways we can manage stress and handle that heavy bag more efficiently: 1. Share the load with someone No one can do it all and that is perfectly acceptable. Your perception of stress may sometimes cloud your judgement and keep you from seeing solutions clearly. Asking for someone for help or even just talking to a friend, colleague, family, mentor or even a trained professional can help you put your challenges into perspective. Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but an expansion of your strength. 2. Manage your time No one can do everything at once to learn to put the bag down every now and then. There are instances when you may feel burdened to complete all your responsibilities within a short time span, don’t. Break down your responsibilities into smaller, manageable tasks spread out over a longer time frame and organize them according to their level of urgency. Note on tasks that can be delegated to others to do and remove them from the list. Remember to create buffer times for unexpected tasks and most importantly, relaxation and self-care. 3. Tend to those sore shoulders and aching back Self-care is not optional. You can’t always control the circumstances which life throws at you, but you can certainly take control of how well you take care of yourself. This is crucial for building resilience to cope with stressors on an everyday basis. Dr Rajita Sinha, director of the Yale Stress Center, in an interview for a documentary “One Nation Under Stress”, emphasizes on science-backed behavioural training that can help traumatized parts of the brain regrow. So, make time for sleep and power naps, maintain a proper diet (don’t skim on nutritious food and no, convenient and fast meals don’t count), exercise properly (taking those stairs up 5 floors count, too) and pamper yourself! Never feel guilty for taking a break because your body depends on it. Quick relaxation tip: tense and release each muscle group for about 5 seconds – starting from your feet, move up to your calves, next your thighs, continue with your abdomen, next to your hands, followed by your arms, move on to your shoulders and lastly, your neck. 4. Say ‘No’ to carrying more bags for others It doesn’t make you less nice as a person. Often, fear of conflict and FOMO become huge barriers to saying ‘no’ but the extra weight added onto our existing load can be too overwhelming to cope with. Think of some pre-prepared phrases to let other people down gently, such as ‘I’m sorry but I can’t commit to this because I have other priorities at the moment’. The people that genuinely care about you would understand. 5. Separate yourself from the bag Your challenges and responsibilities are external factors in your life, it isn’t who you are. Learn to recognize when you’re being too hard on yourself to get rid of negative self-talk that can be damaging to your self-worth. If you often compare yourself to others, stop it; you do you. If you often mull over your mistakes, stop it; mistakes are part of learning. If you often ruminate over your problems, stop it; remind yourself of your past achievements and then get creative to find solutions. There are three natural tendencies we react to stress – fight, flight or freeze; however, there comes a time when we need to actively choose to pause, breathe and take care of ourselves before we take on the next challenge head-on. Written by: Sybella Ng specializes in Developmental Psychology and is the Founder of THINKiNT, a company that incorporates psychology in training, consultancy and resources for people from all walks of life to help individuals live purposefully. She is an author, Child Development Specialist, rhythmic gymnastics coach, and FutureLab Mentor. To book her time on FutureLab, click here. Sources: *Jamieson, J.P., Nock, M.K., & Mendes, W.B. (2012). Mind over matter: reappraising arousal improves cardiovascular and cognitive response to stress. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 141 (3), 417-422. DOI: 10.1037/a0025719417
by Jeremy | 29 Mar 2019
Like it or not, what you currently do now in university is extremely important. You should treat this phase of your life seriously if you want to set yourself apart from all the university graduates. Did you know that there 173,457 fresh grads with a bachelor degree, and only 98,514 highly-skilled jobs available? Furthermore, you only have a 5% chance of securing an interview. To really stand out from the crowd, you need to start doing these five things: 1. Join volunteering activities Volunteering experience goes far beyond helping out in a pet shelter for a day or visiting an orphanage for a short period of time. Go above and beyond by providing your skills and expertise to help the organisation. You’ll be able to improve your skills and teaches you how to deal with people through the experience. Furthermore, employers value volunteering experience as it shows empathy and dedication. 2. Gain more experiences through internships and apprenticeship As you enter university, you should start looking for opportunities to gain professional experiences relevant to your course of study. However, you can also use internships to explore different industries as well. Internships provide opportunities to be trained by professionals, which accelerates your learning for specific skills that will help you during your career. 3. Take up leadership experiences At some point in your career, you would have to manage a team and deal with people. By taking up leadership positions in clubs or global student organisations, you will be able to gain experience working together in teams to achieve a goal together. 4. Create an online presence Your digital footprint is everything in these days and age. It becomes even more important when you apply for a job as your social media profiles will be checked by recruiters. By having an unprofessional profile, it could affect your chances of landing an interview with the company you have applied for. 5. Find a mentor It is crucial to have some guidance in your career and life. The most successful people have mentors from all walks of life. Your mentor will guide you, inspire you, and most importantly avoid the mistakes that they’ve made. You could easily find a mentor through your university alumni network or use FutureLab to find a mentor from different industries. Your career and future is entirely your responsibility, and it is never too early to start preparing for your future. University is the best time for you to learn about anything, it’s all down to how proactive you are. Source:
by Jeremy | 17 Mar 2019
The framework consists of 3-step-process for you to follow: Create your hypothesis – develop a career hypothesis that you might be interested in testing. This could be an industry, job, or function that sounds interesting to you. Test your hypothesis – read articles, speak to people working in the space, join competitions or programmes, or even landing an internship. Evaluate your hypothesis – after you test, take a step back and reflect on it. Then it is your decision to refine and continue testing your hypothesis or pivot to a completely new hypothesis. Creating your hypothesis In this first step, it is important that you come to the first interesting idea to get yourself started. Chances are you probably already have some workable interest. There are many ways you can arrive at your interests. This can come from classes, conversations, and readings. Some common example from our mentees expressing their interests: “I enjoy sciences but I don’t see myself working in research or a laboratory setting.” “I don’t have an interest in business school, but I love applying visual designs.” “I enjoy solving business problems for different companies with new technology.” As you’ve noticed, your interest statements can be general or narrow. That depends on how much thought you’ve put into your career aspirations. But the most important part is translating them into “I think I want…” statements. “I think I will work in the business function of sciences” “I think I want to work in UI/UX design within a company” “I think I want to work in consulting” Test your hypothesis With your career hypothesis in mind, it is now time to test whether it is something that you would want to pursue. It is important that you are able to quickly test your hypothesis and decide whether to refine or pivot your hypothesis. Here are some ways you can do to test your hypothesis, ranking from easiest to hardest: Reading online – this could come from online articles and forums, or even taking relevant classes. Joining a programme, competition, or event – competitions and programmes that specifically tailored to the industry or function that you’re interested could fast track your decision. Talk to people working in that particular industry – reaching out to people through your university alumni network, LinkedIn, or simply book a FutureLab mentor to know more about the industry you’re interested in. Intern in a company in that particular industry – basically mimics very closely to the day-to-day activities of the industry that you’re interested in. For example, If you think you want to in consulting. It is important that you start by googling about the industry first. Highlighting the top companies within the industry and what kind of services do they offer. In the process, start refining your hypothesis as you look for information. After some research, you find that strategy consulting (Find out what’s the difference between Big 4 vs MBB) is particularly interesting to you. So your new hypothesis should be: I want to work in technology consulting If you’re still interested, start pouring your efforts attending events, consulting programmes, or even competitions to validate your interest. Then taking a step further by reaching out to people who are already working in that industry. All in all, the goal is to constantly test and refine your hypothesis. Always remember to dig deep and focus on higher effort ways like networking, and internships. Evaluate your hypothesis So after putting in the time and effort, you actually went for a summer internship with a consulting firm. Then there are two possible outcomes: You LOVED your internship experience You HATED your internship experience You LOVED most of the internship experience This means that you can continue to build a specific hypothesis to explore the industry and truly understand where do you want to start off in the industry. So thinking about what you liked & disliked in-detail during the internship. Taking our consulting hypothesis as an example, you might be able to derive some interesting insights into technology consulting. You found that consulting is quite high paced and enjoyed the nature of it You enjoyed the high-level problem solving of consulting – working with directors You enjoyed solving business problems with cutting edge analytics for clients Then, you should take a step back and evaluate your hypothesis. Your refined hypothesis could be: “I think to want to work in technology consulting focusing on analytics” You HATED most of the internship experience Though it is the opposite of the positive experience, you learn a great deal about what you clearly don’t want in your career. It is extremely crucial that you reflect WHY you didn’t enjoy your internship and start refining or pivoting your hypothesis to move forward. Taking our consulting hypothesis as an example again, you might arrive at the following insights after your internship in technology consulting: You didn’t enjoy the unstructured and face paced environment of consulting You found it quite hard and technical to keep up with technology Then, you should take a step back and evaluate your hypothesis. Your new hypothesis could be: “I think I want to work in a slower pace environment in a commercial firm” Then you repeat the process over again, testing your newly refined hypothesis until you find you. In Conclusion Throughout the process, it is beneficial for you because you are able to learn about yourself at a much greater rate. Furthermore, this also helps you to systematically maximise your potential through experimentation and filling up your resume with solid experiences. Source: 2by22
by FutureLab | 12 Mar 2019
‘Leadership is a potent combination of Character and strategy’ – General Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership has long fallen into the category of the enigmatic. It is no longer the case considering the ‘deep dive’ neuroscientists, psychologists and industrial psychologists have taken into understanding the brain and human behaviour in general. For those that have a deep and driving desire to understand themselves better volumes of highly beneficial research are available to you. How willing you are to seek for and apply the infinite amount of knowledge out there is dependent upon your priorities, your ‘grit’ and your level of desire to personally transform and be impactful in this world. Most of all a strong belief in your own abilities to become a legendary business leader is a basic requirement for the alchemy from follower to a leader to take place. The human nature guru Robert Greene describes a strong character as follows: “Strong character has a tensile quality like a good piece of metal – it can give and bend but still retains its overall shape and never breaks” A character is who you really are, not what you want others to think of you. Who you truly are is especially revealed under the most challenging circumstances. How your investors, co-founders, employees and clients view you is highly dependent upon your actions during times of business crisis, failure or when you as an entrepreneur are faced with turbulent personal circumstances. The ability to authentically and empathetically (towards yourself and others) take a stand for your beliefs, admit (to yourself most of all) to your mistakes, rectify them (the highest and truest form of an apology) within times of strife and difficulty leads to a strong and unbreakable character. Through this writing you are strongly urged to reflect on the fact that a strong character will not fall from the sky and simply be bestowed upon you, instead, a strong character, akin to steel, is moulded and shaped by fire meaning that your character is mostly shaped by challenging times. As the late master poet Leonard Cohen said – ‘There is a crack in everything that is where the light seeps in’ Nothing is perfect and when you truly learn from failures and mistakes your wounds can become blessings, your tests can become testimonies and you can lead others to achieve the same. Those that have a slight and very determined smile on their face and maintain belief and even dramatically increase their levels of performance the moment they recognise that they have arrived within a highly challenging space are the ones that have trained for that exact moment. The Navy Seals say: “You do not rise to the challenge you fall to your level of training” All external information gathered within each moment enters the brain and is processed through the Amygdala first – that part of the brain that provides housing for the ‘fight or flight’ response. Information is first filtered through your very own doubts, fears and insecurities. If you have not worked on your own fears diligently and instilled habitual mechanisms of effective action triggered by fear your re-actions of lack of action (procrastination) will not be optimal at all. ‘Grit’ is born at the intersection of passion and perseverance and can be trained. Bravery can be trained. Leadership can be trained. Character although influenced by genetics can be trained. All tools to succeed at the aforementioned subjects are within us all, in a lot of cases lying dormant and anxiously awaiting your increased levels of awareness which will empower you to use the tools required effectively. As a practical example I coach my ‘Peak Performance’ clients to train for Grit in the following way – Choose a day of the week when you are especially tired and not in the greatest of moods force yourself to the gym and train the toughest muscle group for you (usually legs) and where you normally do three sets of squats do seven and make those sets harder than before in every way. Or again choose a day of the week again where you are very tired and instead of taking a plunge onto the couch to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ or whatever it is, go and hike, a long tough hike that will really test you. It does sound harsh but you will thank yourself when the tough times occur and they will, that you have willingly trained yourself for grit. On to the subject of Strategy which forms a potent combination with character and results in Leadership. Dictionary.com defines strategy as: A plan, method, or series of manoeuvres or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result. For a strategy to be effective a basic requirement of many requirements is that a clear and highly specific end vision and/or goal, and/or result must be defined. Visions, goals or desired results are often vaguely defined because the often subconscious fear of clearly defining our failures by setting clear and measurable goals plagues us. The mind struggles with finding solutions, answers and strategies when vague goals are set. It is also very hard to retain focus on anything that is very vague. As the importance of an effective plan to achieve your well-defined Vision and goals cannot be overstated I strongly recommend getting expert help to facilitate a future session. Once the desired end result, goals and vision is crystal clear we can ‘reverse engineer’ an effective plan that can actualise our dreams. We need to create a metric system that constantly, consistently and visibly measures our progress and success of our plan. The metrics will notify us of challenges and will signal a need for adjustments within our strategy. The very good news emanating from this article is that anyone can be a legendary leader should they not only sincerely wish to be a leader but also take effective action on becoming one. The starting point is to consistently and constantly build and mould an unshakeable character and add a clear strategy for your personal life and your business. Written by: Dirk Coetsee is an international Peak Performance coach, published business author, entrepreneur and FutureLab Mentor. He combines and creatively incorporates time tested Leadership and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) techniques to coach his clients towards success and fulfilment. Dirk is a qualified Master life and NLP coach. Click here to book his time on FutureLab.
by FutureLab | 26 Feb 2019
1. Networking opportunities While having the right connections for your students might, but it is also important to provide students with networking events to meet different people at once. Your events should also not only focus on the class year but by subject or topic. This allows students to meet people around a common topic outside of their class year! 2. Networking connections By setting up your alumni network, your students are able to connect and meet with alumni online. A strong alumni network provides your students with the connections to expand their job search and sources. In addition, your alumni are able to guide and advise your students to help land their first job. 3. Recruitment and job postings Having a platform for job postings would bridge the gap between your students and companies. This is not only limited to full-time employment, but also internship or job shadowing opportunities for students. 4. Job search training Your students will be able to have access to training materials or sessions to help them with their job search. This includes workshops on writing a CV, cover letter, or even interview training. You can also bring relevant mentors to help provide some pointers for your students to land their first job. How can FutureLab help? FutureLab has a portal that will help your students land their first job through reengaging with alumni. We have features that revolve on community engagement, such as event management tool, mentorship platform, and recruitment tools for your alumni network. To find out more, click here! Sources: Six Ways Your University Can Still Help You Get A Job – https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2017/11/05/six-ways-your-university-can-still-help-you-get-a-job-whether-you-graduated-recently-or-years-ago/#d273155690cf 60 hiring Statistics You Need to Know – https://www.ebiinc.com/resources/blog/hiring-statistics
by FutureLab | 26 Feb 2019
1. Build your skills! In your chosen profession, find out the important skill sets needed for you to succeed. It is important to develop those skills to create job opportunities for yourself. But more importantly, develop a habit of lifelong learning. How should you do this? Google! The internet has a plethora of information and knowledge for you to learn. Apart from this, you should line up an internship to learn a specific skill. You could even start your own mini-project to pick up the necessary skills for you to succeed. 2. Refine your CV, but don’t rely on it! A good CV gives you a great impression and gets your foot through the door. As you become clear about your career goals, your CV should follow through as well. But don’t rely on it too much! Create a channel that represents who you are, these include LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. Share your what you’re working on show your potential employers what you’re doing! 3. Don’t focus primarily on the money! There is a chance, you may not land a lucrative position on your first job. It is important that you focus on being reflective of whether you would enjoy the nature of the work. You should also focus on the long-term value of the job. Would you be learning the skills that might be important in the future? Will you be working under a great boss? 4. Network with people! You could network with people from different places. It could be at career fairs, attending an interesting talk, or even networking events themselves. You can also leverage on digital platforms such as LinkedIn or even (shameless self-plug) FutureLab to meet and connect with people. How does this help you? Well, you basically have access to opportunities or jobs that are not listed. Most of the really great jobs are filled before it reaches the company’s website or any job search platforms. Network and be genuinely interested in befriending with people from the companies that you are interested in! How can FutureLab help you in landing your first job? With over 300 mentors on our platform, you can easily speak to anyone from different industries to gain invaluable insights. It is also a great platform for you to start networking with professionals from the industry. Book a mentor now at FutureLab and be one step closer to landing your first job!Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2014/07/23/7-unconventional-ways-to-land-your-dream-job/#1301f4c41582
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