Career development: Taking advantage of the digital space

The 21st century has witnessed scientific competition leading to productive advancement. These advancements in form of innovations, have continually been perceived as a threat on the availability of labour to humans. However, rather than see these machines as competitors we should consider them enhancements and an extension of our senses.

In reviewing the landscape of labour, demographic shows that, there are more and more young adults in the labour market every year – these individuals might not be millennials but they surely aren’t ignorant of innovations. However, only a handful has sufficiently utilised the good-use of these technologies.

One of such ways, is acquiring relevant skills and capacities that aid career development with the digital space. For example, the internet offers arrays of opportunities suitable for learning, where one can take webinars and other online courses for capacity building.

While it’s often easy to criticise the government, it’s imperative we realise that, the duties of governments have transcended into providing assets based infrastructures and creating environments suitable for development. This is evident with the availability of opportunities opened to individuals, created by either organizations, countries and other international organisations.

These opportunities are often left unattended to, due to little or no exposure to information.

In this piece you will get insights on how to key into opportunities, land your dream job, and how to get investors for your business, and career development opportunities in the digital space.

The popular saying that, “information at your finger tips,” is applicable here. Your dream job, opportunities and investors are at your finger tips. The question is; how do you click them?

I will be sharing from my experience and knowledge, some resourceful cues I consider useful for you, including: Signpost to landing your dream job, Getting paid well, Networking, Volunteering, Seminars/Workshops, Newsletters.

The perception that going to school will automatically make you successful must be avoided like plaque. The same way schools won’t teach you how to study but learn, is the same way they will avoid teaching you how to get a good job. Even families are more concerned about Your grades than Your well being. If you find yourself in this category, you’re not alone. But you have access to career development opportunities in the digital space.

I haven’t heard of any institution where students take courses on how to attend job interviews or how to draft a resume. This is not to say existing academic institutions have failed us, but it’s now incumbent on individuals to go the extra-miles; study some of these things that have great impact on our future, utilising career development opportunities in the digital space.

Tips To Get Your Dream Job;

The labour market is business, and as such employers are keen on getting the most competent hands at the most appropriate cost, and as such, there is the need to place yourself ahead of others, always put your best foot forward.

Steps to follow;

Draft a good resume: Resume is a document showing the summary of your experience, skills, niche, SWOT and identity. Your resume is your Unique Selling Point. It’s the convincing factor every employers look out for. (Craft a great resume).

Research: This is the foremost of all for your as a prospective employee. Knowing the company’s name is not enough– in a age like ours, where everyone is concern about taking charge of the digital space, it’s easy to know the day to day activities of your company of choice, even to the names of their staff. I for example, I did a background check for a job I took, such that I knew the inside and that really placed me ahead, I had a good rapport with everyone (online) before getting the job. Many job seekers have lost important jobs due to insufficient information, don’t be the next. Meanwhile, it’s important to reach out to an insider to keep you abreast of the situation and the ethics of the organization, sometimes you might just discover the working condition doesn’t suit your expectations.

Appearance: While you might consider yourself competent, your outlook defines your kind of personality. You need to look as good as your employers. It shows that you’re ready for the job. This will go a long way by not only giving you a sense of belonging but will also give them a reason to associate with you. See yourself as a prospective ambassador of the company.

Attending an interview: When you’re called for an interview. You should consider yourself fit, think of the numbers of applicants who weren’t called. Be prepared – don’t disappoint your employers because they count on you to measure up to what they have seen in your resume or cover letter. Most employers are after a full-made in the labour market. However, in an interview, as much as you have to maintain accuracy know that you aren’t there to impress anyone, all that is needed is your idea (For example: If asked; Why did the chicken cross the road?), you just need to have an idea and a show of confidence, in as much as your have to reply on time, you must make full sense. Don’t get nervous, your countenance matters a lot. Know your SWOT and work on it.

Negotiating Your Salary: This is a condition many employees try to avoid. As much as you love your job, it’s absolutely okay to consider the value or the pay of the job. You need money for your wellbeing and your family, that is why you want a job in the first place. Employees don’t want to look selfish, few don’t love their job identity too much so they are sacred they could lose a big opportunity, but seriously you really want to get paid, that’s why You need a job.

Few days ago a colleague who want to change her job had a similar experience. How do you negotiate your salary? First, you don’t have to be specific, to avoid extravagant request or get a lesser offer (The labour market is a business, always sell your USP). Rather than be specific, it’s okay if you give a range on what you expect to get, the value and offers you’re expecting, give sample references on the salary ratings given to your job, while adding that you’re open to negotiations (But, You’re keen on gaining new experiences). This will help you get your desired pay range.

Tips Creating For Opportunities

Networking: A mentor once told me this, “Your network is your net worth.” Networking is a means by which people establish relationship and partnership in the 21st century. But getting it right, meeting the right people, wearing the right look and seeking the right partnership has been a challenge for many individuals. Exposure to career development opportunities in the digital space is made easy through networking.

Tips for networking/giving pitches to establish relationship: observe the environment, be smart, be bold, be composed, have a purpose, know what to say and how to say them, don’t ask for money, compliment them, share ideas, exchange contact and keep in touch.

These cues are good for networking but aren’t limited to this. In networking, the way you present your messages determines the kind of reply you get, or a no reply.

Volunteer activities: This is the most effective way to grow your network. Volunteering offers endless opportunities that can shape your career. I have seen many people attend international conferences and fellowships courtesy of their volunteering exploit. However, getting involved is the heart of volunteering and it surely looks good on your resume. You can get to join someone of these organisation either online or locally.

Seminars and Workshops: These are capacity building sessions registered for by individuals. It’s the hub of corporate world often connect. You get exposed to effective career development opportunities available in the digital space. I personally got my first experience of business ideas to investors pitch at a workshop introduced by a friend. It was a life changing experience for me and was an opportunity for networking.

Workshops exposes you to ideal reality, sharpens your skills and gives you newer insights in your career. While many are paid for, a lot are often free, invest your time attending them it’s worth it.

Newsletter: Each day, I get more than 50 opportunities, a few fellowships, scholarships and grant opportunities in my mail, courtesy of my digital adventure. If you don’t have a working mail, please kickstart now, your mail is your identity in the corporate world, personalise it, check it often that should be where you’re active in the digital space (Over 111billion mails are sent daily). While newsletters bear promotional contents, it’s the most suitable way to get realtime opportunities, gain insights into the professional world. Subscribing for newsletters should be a priority, to discover career development opportunities in the digital space.

While the world has been predicted to experience youthquake, the most viable ways to quake is our level of exposure in the digital world. Getting career development opportunities in the digital space has never been this easy, don’t miss out.

About author: Tomori Uriel is an Editor, a Journalist and a Career coach. You can reach him via: 07034503416 or tomoriuriel1234@gmail.com



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