AAU Career

It’s your career – ease into it

Let's make it clear: Career is about being and learning.

It is not about increasing and elevating, though it is often associated with metaphors such as stairs and ladders that indicate some kind of forth going elevation with an implied success at the end of the steep gradient. In our definition, that is far from a realistic view on what a career is.

Therefore, career is something you will learn as you go along.

➡ We want to help you grasp some of the possibilities you have and can create – and we also want you to calm down when trying to control the future of your career, because you can't control everything.

What is a career after all?

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    What is career learning and employability?

    Employability covers the elements that together make you "employable"

    Not being employed yet doesn’t mean that you are not employable.

    “Employability” is the collective term for all the different parameters that make you “someone, who someone would like to hire for a specific job”

    Therefore, the path towards a job is all about identifying:

    • what you want
    • what is sought-after
    • how you can combine the two parts
    • what you can do to become the most desirable candidate for that particular job in that particular setting

    Being employable is not a universally applicable set of skills. So finding your personal criteria for your career is important to avoid ‘option paralysis’ – the state of action where you can’t act because of too many possible roads to go down. By doing that, you will have some anchoring points from which you can navigate.

     

    Career learning is what you learn along the way in your career

    There are many elements to a career. That's why it's difficult to find a clear definition of what it really is.

    A career does not start one place to end another, and what you learn along the way is called career learning. It is the learning that helps you to be able to navigate the many opportunities and boundaries that arise during your career.

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    Can I control my career?

    There’s a lot you can do – and can’t do.

    There are many ingredients in a career – a fact that plays a huge part in not being able to give a finite definition of what a career is. Your career has already begun and all you can do is get better at understanding it and navigating within it. We are here to help you do that.

    Getting to know more about your career and how to manage it is called “career learning” or “career development learning”. Career learning is all about deciphering the ingredients in a career and understanding each ingredient’s role in the bigger picture. Another important and fundamental part of getting good at “careering” is to make your career your own, not someone else’s idea of what you should or could do.

    A somewhat frustrating fact is that there are some things you master – and some things you do not. Staying calm and keeping focus on the constructive side of things is in itself an art form. It is necessary to master, though, if you want to avoid stress and keep some peace of mind.

    You can always decide to do the best you can e.g. by going to the careers fair to talk to relevant companies based on meticulous preparation and research. Doing that is doing the “right” thing.

    It doesn’t guarantee you a job offer, though, and that can be demotivating. Therefore, you must focus on the process itself and the new insights you gain from your experiences – you might have extended your network or gained some specific knowledge on a field that you would like to work within further down the road. All very valuable elements that decrease your “chances” of navigating more ably in your career. And eventually being able to make the right choices for yourself and knowing what can be done and said in certain situations is a very important component in what makes you employable.

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    What if I have doubts?

    Start simple – or simply start.

    It is not necessarily easy to find one’s way in the plethora of opportunities. Because of the aforementioned “options paralysis”, you might experience having doubts about your choices. That is the logical flipside of choosing something.

    If you experience doubts, try asking yourself some questions that might make your doubts ‘better’. Qualify your doubts by asking simple questions to yourself – and others:

    • What is the worst that can happen?
    • What can happen if I don’t make this decision?
    • And make sure to talk to someone who knows you. They might be able to see things more clearly than you can, when you are in the eye of the hurricane.

    Rest assured that no one could ever tell you what would have happened if you had chosen differently – and make peace with it.

     

    Read our tips if you have doubts

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    What can I do to become more employable?

    You have already begun! Just by reading this, you have begun thinking about your career choices and possibilities.

    The first and maybe most important step, is to start reflecting on and obtain knowledge about your own career.

     

    • Find out what you want to do. You don’t have to be very specific. Maybe it’s a certain sector or some kind of task you would like to work with.

     

    • Chase the luck. Try to be at the right place at the right time. All it takes is for you to try to chase your luck e.g. by attending career fairs, collaborating with a company, or something else. Even if it doesn’t result in a job, you will obtain knowledge that will come in handy later.

     

    • Get good at what you are studying. If you know your stuff, it is much easier to apply it in different situations – and to communicate what you can do to others, too.

     

     

    • Keep track of what you have learned. Often, you forget what you have learned as time goes by. Therefore, make an archive of what you have learned. It will save your time later.

     

    • Make use of different networks and media.Try to find opportunities to meet people and network. It might as well be at your friend’s party, at an AAU Career event or on LinkedIn.

     

    • Look for help if needed. We at AAU Career can help you if you need it. There are no specific requirements for you when contacting us – so reach out if you need us.

     

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