Hello over-caffeinated university students

Well hello there!

I'm guessing you're here trying to figure out what to do with your life. You've come to the right place.

Before jumping straight in, I thought it would be good to give you context on why I built JobGPS and how it can help you.

A few years ago, I saw a bunch of folks in my time at university burning the midnight oil for years to get top grades which they felt would be helpful for them to "get a job", but many had no idea what job options existed for them (or the full spectrum of options), what those careers actually involved day-to-day, nor how to get into their careers of preference. Sound familiar?

 Here's a stock image of some students who look like they're going hard at the library to get good grades.

Here's a stock image of some students who look like they're going hard at the library to get good grades.

So I built this site, where you can simply enter in your degree or job title and the options show themselves nice and easily (took years but worth it so I help people like you get to a happier job faster - still needs improving I know!).

As a University student, how should I use JobGPS?

My recommendation is to jump on the home page at jobgps.com, enter your degree name and then browse your options in detail. Or just jump straight to the Explore Careers section and start reading about careers.

Once you've found your perfect career choice, you'll need to get a realistic view of which companies hire those roles in the cities you're prepared to work, who gets those jobs (use LinkedIn to check who got hired last year and what attributes they have) and finally, what can set you apart from other applicants to your ideal employers.

To do this - I suggest speaking to the hiring decision makers at those companies (ideally by a warm or in-person introduction from someone that works there), who are often the people running the specific departments or teams, not only the recruiting team.

If you have any skill gaps (or areas those hiring decision makers identify as perceived gaps you have in knowledge or ability), actively work to close those gaps via up-skilling with courses or side-projects, then create a verbal contract with those people that if you can demonstrate that you build in those skill areas, they will re-interview you for a role and consider you when a position opens up internally.

 Good course providers to upskill include Skillshare, Lynda.com and Udacity (among others). Check some out in the Access Courses section of JobGPS up in the top nav.

Good course providers to upskill include Skillshare, Lynda.com and Udacity (among others). Check some out in the Access Courses section of JobGPS up in the top nav.

In closing:

You can do whatever you want in your life. All careers are open to you with hard work, discipline and persistence.

JobGPS is designed to show you what you can do, not what you should do. The latter is a very personal choice.

Some of you will be money motivated, some travel motivated, others culture or lifestyle motivated. If you don't like long hours - don't become an Investment Banker.

Whatever your values (things you care about), make sure you're honest with yourself about what they are and select a career that closely meets those values.

Happy navigating,

Mike

Here's a video that I'm a big fan of, delivered to the 2012 class of Harvard Business School. Start at the 2:40 mark. Enjoy.

Credit: Professor Deepak Malhotra's address to 2012 class of HBS MBA students.