Whether you’re looking for a paid or unpaid internship or an entry-level job, finding a great position goes way beyond the job description. From company culture to opportunities for growth, there are several things you should keep in mind when deciding between potential employers.
Although it is an important factor, the size of your payslip should not be your only consideration when you’re looking for a job. You must consider how happy you’ll be in the job.
One of the most important things to consider while applying for a company is to check if its values align with yours. This is because working for a company is about a lot more than just the hours you put in each day. It’s about knowing that the company values some of the same things you and understanding how those values match up with your own.
As much as the salary is a huge part of the package that the potential employer is offering, there are other benefits that you need to consider. These include things like holiday allowance, retirement contributions, insurance, bonuses, and healthcare. Before accepting a job and signing a contract, make sure that all these extras are negotiated.
In addition to the opportunities to learn about the industry,
A great company should also offer opportunities for advancement within the organization.
This is even more important in the case of internships and entry-level jobs because the opportunity for a promotion is a great incentive to learn as much as possible and prove your commitment to the team. The exception to this is if you’re not looking for a long-term opportunity but are looking to gain experience for a year or two before going to grad school.
The benefits of carrying out enough research on the company can’t be overemphasized. Ensure you do this before making any official commitments to the company. Factors like company stagnancy, growth, risk of redundancies in the future, etc., should affect whether you’ll want to work for the company or not.
Feeling valued is an important part of any life experience, but it’s especially important in your professional life. This doesn’t mean there should be company-sponsored happy hours or free weekly lunches, it does mean that your employer should make you feel valued by offering feedback and supporting your efforts to learn and improve.
Although a lot of your professional success will depend on you, there are several things an employer can do to set you up for a great outcome. This includes everything from in-depth training to goal setting and regular feedback, factors that are especially important to begin your professional life.
Being Challenged to learn and grow is one of the key standards of a great company. Getting out of your company zone is one of the best ways to learn new skills and to find out who you are as a professional. Look for companies that make you feel enthusiastic about taking on new challenges and offer the support you need to turn challenges into wins.
Whether it’s an internship or a full-time job, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with your new co-workers so it’s time to make sure that they’re people you’d like to work with. This goes hand-in-hand with cultural fit and it’s something you should be aware of when considering a new opportunity.
When a company doesn’t fully understand your role, it can make your life more difficult, stressful, and resentful for your day-to-day tasks. It can also mean you end up with duties that don’t really fulfil you and often lead to lack-lustre portfolio work. Finding a company that respects the creative process, appropriate deadlines, and insights of a design team can determine the stress levels that follow daily.
We’ve all been ready to put in an all-nighter or take one for the team when needed, but is this something your work is going to need you to do time and time again? How compassionate will your office be when your personal life gets hectic, and how important is that to you? When looking for a long-term career fit, consider what type of work-life balance you’re willing to commit to today as well as two years, five years, or even ten years from now. Will your company’s culture understand shifting work-life balance as needed?
A job can come out on top of paper, but when your gut is just telling you it’s not right, it’s usually not right. It’s okay to trust that weird feeling even if you can’t pinpoint where it’s coming from. Your brain knows you better than anyone else, and sometimes you just have to trust what it’s telling you. Happy Job Hunting!
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