Think you’ve got all the vital bits about work readiness from career counselling or speaking to your working peeps? It may be time for a reality check because some bits relating to work readiness are often forgotten or “strategically” left out. Even while still in varsity, you need to start thinking ahead and preparing yourself to hit the ground running.
Here’s the low-down on the process of becoming work-ready.
Where do I start?
It starts with “self”. By this, we mean that you need to discard cookie-cutter approaches and treat yourself as an individual. We all develop and flourish at a different pace and so how we feel about work readiness will differ from person to person, even if you’re studying for the same qualification.
What is work readiness?
Work readiness is the term used to refer to the process of topping up on the skills, independence, self-sufficiency, resources and confidence needed to bag the perfect job when you step out of varsity. We’re not talking about finding a small student side-gig, but rather what it takes to land your dream job, maintain it, get promoted or move on to greener pastures when the time is right. This is not an overnight process, but one that you need to start working on and building up from your time as a varsity student.
The perks of work readiness
Being better prepared can help to lower your anxiety levels, equip you with vital life skills and propel your career prospects to new levels. You can also get a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities required for thriving in your perfect job and formulate realistic action plans and beliefs to get what you want regarding your studies.
Work readiness goals and game plan
Don’t for one second downplay the skills required to get yourself work ready. The goal is not just to empower yourself with advantageous skills, but to reach a level of competence, self-management and self-sufficiency.
There are no lecturers, tutors and study buddies you can run to, to help tackle a real-life work scenario. You need to get to a level where you are confident in your job, develop a new network of colleagues, generate a strong family and friends support system, keep and grow in your job.
Unlike at varsity, where the worst that happens is you fail, in the working world, mistakes can be costly. You can be summoned to disciplinary committees, charged and even fired.
Work readiness can also equip you on how to balance work and personal life, as well as where and how to reach out for help when you need it.
Its so much more than “feeling” ready or not for work – and when done right, it really can and does make all the difference.