Navigating your corporate career pathway


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Every individual’s career pathway varies depending on the type of industry they work in. For transitioning ADF members, it is crucial to understand the general pattern of career trajectories of those who work in the corporate world. This will enable ADF members to leverage opportunities and reach the top decision-makers sooner to land the job they want.

For those early in their career, many employers often look favourably upon those who have a private-school education, even though both public and private education produces equally intelligent people. This is attributed to culture, as private schools are perceived to provide a cultural education that produces smart dressing, well-mannered gentlemen or women, which presents an employer with a low-risk hire option. ADF members can leverage this insight by always presenting themselves well for an interview and understanding the culture of the company they wish to work for in order to determine whether they will assimilate easily and communicate well with clients and peers.

The university that you attend can be a significant factor in securing a job in a particular industry. It’s crucial that you research what universities are renowned for and if attending a particular university will enhance your chances of securing a job in your industry. For example, if you wish to be a lawyer, then the University of Sydney is renowned for Post Graduate Law. Also, the extracurricular activities such as clubs and research programs can be leveraged for professional benefits and are attractive to a potential employer on a resume.

Companies will often hire university graduates to enter their graduate program, often referred to as a ‘grad program’. Graduates will rotate between each department so as to gain an understanding of the organisation and how each department compliments and supports one another. They will then be assigned a full-time position in one department. Generally, individuals will change companies or receive a promotion every one to two years, depending on their performance.

In order to advance to middle management in a company, a Masters in Business Administration is often looked upon favourable, so consider getting this qualification before entering the workforce.

The success of your corporate career is also dependant on your social skills, so ensure that you find a balance between your work and socialising with your colleagues after work. This will demonstrate your capability to entertain clients without embarrassing the company you work for.

This understanding should help you confidently approach your job search in order to leverage opportunities and land the job you want.

 

WithYouWithMe cofounder and CCEO Tom Moore

 

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By Tom Moore, CEO WithYouWithMe, a leading Australian veteran employment agency. View more article by Tom Moore here.

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