The job market for IT graduates

Infoware Studios recently gave a presentation to IT students on the IT job market and landscape. Here are some things we highlighted that graduates need to keep in mind when entering the job market.

Motivation

Contrary to popular belief, money is not the best motivator. Surprised? If you get stuck in a job that you really hate, an increase in money is only a temporary motivator. You will still have to face your dreaded boss each morning, or deal with annoying colleagues, or struggle with unchanging and stifling environments. There will be a point when it is just no longer worth it for your peace of mind. So what really motivates us? We think the following has a big impact, and is something to keep in mind when starting your first job.

Mastery

If you had the space to design your own destiny and career path within a company, would that not encourage you to strive to achieve that? Mastery is about creating a space that provides the tools and allows you to do what you really want to do. To master what you are passionate about, and then bringing that passion to the company. We think it’s pretty powerful stuff.

Autonomy

Taking control and responsibility for your career path through owning it. Understanding where you fit into the bigger picture and tangibly seeing and sharing in the results of your efforts. Having the ability to make decisions within the boundaries of your authority when executing your daily work.

Purpose

Understanding the why. Being given a reason and knowing why things are being done in a certain way. Knowing your purpose creates focus.

As a graduate, you are probably about to enter into your first job, and the experience you gain will shape and mould your future career path. If you are truly passionate about your field, find a company that will allow you to develop that passion, take ownership for it and determine your purpose.

Interviewing

In our current economic climate, when going for interviews, many job seekers are often so desperate and grateful for the opportunity of an interview that they often forget that they need to interview the company as well, to determine if it will be a good fit with their needs. Not everyone has the luxury of turning a job opportunity down, but if you are serious about developing your passion and finding the right company that will allow you to flourish, remember to follow these tips:

1. Ask questions

You are also interviewing the company you go to. Often at the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Ask! This allows you the opportunity to see if this really is a place you want to spend 40-50 hours a week at, whether they allow for growth and whether they suit your needs. It also gives the impression that you are interested in the company.

2. Misrepresentation

Look out for misrepresentation. In an interview, both parties are putting their best foot forward – the company is painting the prettiest picture in order fill a role, and the candidate is highlighting all their impressive achievements so as to land the job. However, be wary if something sounds too good to be true. Every company has its flaws, you need to determine whether it’s something you can work with or not.

3. Speak to someone

Speak to someone working in the business. This will give you a better feel for how things are done at the company and whether things match up according to what was said in the interview.

4. Check your contract

Look out for contract clauses. Many graduates will begin in an intern position and working from the ground up is the best way to gain experience. However ensure that the contract doesn’t snare you into a situation that is unfavourable, such as working for a long period of time on an unsustainable income.

Remember, most companies look for someone with the right attitude that they can grow and keep. Although skills do play a role, if the person has the right attitude, skills can easily be taught and added to. Now go find the right company for you!

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  1. Duma Kungeka  December 4, 2012

    I am thankful for all the information we get from the website, it gave me a better feel about the company and made me want even more to be part of the team.