Start and grow your Career within the Sri Lankan IT industry in “The Correct Way”

It's that time of year, all the final year undergraduates are eagerly waiting for the most important day of their undergrad life, “The career fair”. Even though this time most probably it will be all virtual, Excitement will remain the same. If you have done your work, you will end up in more than one job offer. heck, if you are a superstar, companies will come chasing you !!!

Mental state

As an Undergrad who is preparing for the big day, it's important to fully understand your mentality and how it may affect your decision making so that you can do a sanity check when necessary

  • Culturally we are programmed to pursue higher positions, work for big companies, get more recognition in society. This affects you when you are choosing a company and may force you to go with that big and reputed name rather than little known companies. Even your parents may step in to pressure you into working for a certain organization due to this.
  • Up to this point, you have been dedicating your life to education and you worked hard from Grade 1 to this point. You thought it will be over once you finish your A/Ls but then came the university. So now you want a break, earn some money, relax, travel and buy nice things. Basically, you need to Enjoy life. This will bias your decision making to favor workplaces with less workload.

Your plans for the first 3 -5 years

Take a break and imagine what you want to be after 5 years. it is important to understand your strengths and weaknesses and plan a career path you want to take. This is something sometimes you can't do yourself so seek the help of a good mentor who is genuine and can understand your situation and give genuine advice if possible.

  1. Build up a career in the cooperate sector
  2. Start something on your own
  3. Switch the field and do something entirely different
  4. Migrate and settle in another country

Do your homework

Before the arrival of the Big day, you need to do some homework. let's go through them one by one

  • The market segment they are operating on
  • Company ownership, Management, and HR practices
  • Working culture
  • Salary scales, employee benefits, and increment structure

On the Big day

Most important thing is to relaxed and face the interviews with confidence. Also, make sure you schedule your interviews with enough gaps in between for you to reset your mind and mood before facing the next.

Choosing the best option for you

This is where I cant give you advice, simply you have to pick what's best for you. I can guide you on a few factors to consider to make an informed decision

Don’t Do this !!!

There are a few things you should not do in order to avoid tarnishing your Universities’ reputation as well as your own.

After Landing the Job

Congratulations !! you survived the career fair and now you have landed the job. There are few early-stage mistakes most fresh graduates do which they regret later on. I am listing the most common ones below so that you can avoid them

If you are looking at advice on the internships —

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