In my daily business I get the chance to interact with quite a few interns. Over the course of the last years we took the chance to hire quiet a few of them, right after they finished their study.
But what does it take to start in tech company, right out of the university?
How can you prepare for the challenges thrown at you?
How can you ensure to have the right skills, before you enter the business?
I would love to say, just find the right subject to study and a good university, get good marks and they take care of the rest.
I don’t want to disappoint you, but it’s not that easy. Actually I have to admit, that your university probably teaches you how to code and some business economics.
Do you think that’s all it takes to be successful in the workforce?
Are you watching the trends, how work and the workforce is changing?
Have you noticed that there are a few people out there, that predict the end of working for a corporate as we know it?
Will we really see a major shift to more freelancing?
Ask yourself, what is it that you expect and value most from your work?
If you are a millennial or Gen Z the chance is high you strive for flexibility. You want to shape where you work. You are looking for rewarding experiences.
So the big question is, how to prepare for what you thrive for?
In a fast paced world, it’s no more an issue of getting information, the trick is to filter the most relevant information efficiently.
Do you have a system in place to structure and filter information or create and extend your network?
Are you able to boil all your tasks and thoughts down to the essential 10-20% that really make an impact.
Do you have a vision and clear goals (written down)?
You value feedback, but are you prepared to ask for feedback and deal with it, do you reflect, systematically?
Do you know what it takes to ban distraction and sharpen your focus?
In case you’re still in your study, there’s not so much need to do all these things – the most relevant task is always to learn as much as needed to get the next exam and spend the spear time doing sports or party.
As there’s a high chance, that it’s also not on your official learning schedule, I want you to be aware of these.
Start investigating in these skills. Watch videos, take e-courses or read books to increase your skills and efficiency.
Start thinking ahead, you will see and maybe cause a lot of change in the world over the course of the coming years.