Job Doctor: Recruiter Darren Robinson answers questions about career development and finding a new position.
Dear Job Doctor,
My 19 year old son, fluent in French and English, is out of school and currently looking for an entry level position. What is the best approach for him to take?
I would always recommend further studies to an undergraduate degree level in order to provide better employment opportunities for the future. It is possible to take higher education later, but can prove more challenging and many who choose not to within one or two years after leaving school rarely do.
I am one of the rare ones and started my degree as a “mature student”, having left school at 16, so anything is possible!
Having interviewed thousands of people, the best advice I can give to someone beginning their career is that those who are more successful are those who feel passionate about what they do. My definition of success is not limited to career and financial advancement. In fact, it’s more about finding something that is meaningful and intrinsically rewarding.
Ideally, it is important to uncover the activities that get him excited and brings him enjoyment in order to choose a fulfilling occupation.
Currently employment opportunities are limited and it’s likely that your son will need to compromise his “wish list” in order to gain employment of any kind. However if he would consider it and has the means, I would recommend looking at international opportunities.
For example, in London there are many more opportunities where fluency in French is rare and his application would be one of few rather than one of thousands currently seeking a job.
I recommend he registers for job alerts on all of the internet job sites locally and internationally; he will need to keep his criteria to entry level jobs only. Entry level jobs are also advertised in some of the free newspapers available in Luxembourg.
If applying speculatively to companies, his point of contact will be the HR departments of larger firms. It is worth him beginning with those organisations that are recognised for investing in education, such as the larger banks and the “big four” advisory firms.
Depending on his choice of career, if few opportunities present themselves, he may also need to consider working for free to gain experience and a “foot in the door”.
Darren Robinson is managing director of Badenoch & Clark Luxembourg, the largest staffing and recruitment firm in the Grand Duchy.
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