I recently graduated from the prestigious Sc Dental Marketing program in Ireland and am looking for advice on what to do next. This is mainly because I’m not really sure what jobs are available in my area ( Dublin ), but I’m sure that there’s something. For those who might be interested, the Sc Dental Marketing program is a 12-month full-time postgraduate program that teaches you all about digital marketing, social media, content creation, and more. After you graduate, you will be job-ready for a promotion in a marketing role, or to apply for a similar role in a dentistry practice.
While I was in the program, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the industry, get insight into the latest marketing trends, and gain various practical and real-life skills that I can now put to use. As much as I would like to dive into the details of what I learned in the program and how I can apply it to my career, I think it might be better for the sake of the newbies if I keep this post brief and give you guys some actionable tips on what you can do as you start out on your career path.
Look For Jobs In Your Area
I have a feeling that a lot of you might be thinking about this too, and if you’re looking for a career change, you might be wondering where you should apply. Believe it or not, your area is one of the most important things to consider. The locations of the offices of large companies can be a good indicator of the kind of work you might encounter. As much as possible, you want to look for a position in a location that is close to where you live. This way, you can easily commutes to work and make the most of your free time. There are certain exceptions, like if you’re located in Dublin, and you want to work in Galway or even Cork. This might be a good option, but you should research the cost of living in those places beforehand.
Visit Job Sites
I know this might sound totally obvious, but you’d be surprised how many candidates never give this a thought. When you’re looking for a new job, the first thing that you should do is visit job sites and explore the various positions that they have available. You can put in your credentials and see what comes up. This is a free service that is offered by many jobsites, so it’s definitely worth your time. When you find a position that you’re interested in, you can click on the link and it’ll take you to the company’s website where you can apply.
Explore Social Media
Another really convenient service that is available to us online explorers is the ability to locate jobs according to our interests. If you’re passionate about social media, you can use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to locate jobs that are associated with this area of expertise. The great thing about these platforms is that they are constantly changing, so you’re guaranteed to learn something new every time you log on. In addition to this, you can use various tools like Google Trends to easily find terms that are associated with your area of interest and job sites like Seek to find positions that are a good match.
Join A Society
I think that as much as we’d like to find the most ideal job and practice, we’re sometimes a little too picky. There are numerous societies in Ireland that you can join that will not only enhance your professional network but also help you find your perfect job. Some of these societies even have an active search service that can help you find your perfect role. You should definitely consider this if you’re really looking for that certain something. It might be worth joining several societies, as you can then leverage their resources and networks to help you find the ideal job.
Make A Plan
I know this might sound like a no-brainer, but you’ve probably been searching for a new job for a while now and might even have a few positions in mind. If you’re serious about changing careers, you should put in the effort to think of all the different roles that you might be suitable for, their associated responsibilities, and how you might go about executing these responsibilities. This will help you decide what skills you might need to learn and how to get there. It might also be a good idea to look into institutes that offer in-house training programs. These programs will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and help you decide what next steps to take. You might even find a mentor in the process who can help you along the way.
Look For Opportunities To Develop Your Professional Network
If you’re really committed to changing careers, one of the best things that you can do is to develop your professional network. This network can be truly invaluable in your quest for learning and advancement. Whether you’re looking to develop your own network or connect with people already in the industry, there are numerous opportunities out there. The important thing is to look for these opportunities and maximize your use of them. In addition to this, if you’re looking for inspiration, you can always check out the LinkedIn profiles of successful professionals in your area of interest. This will give you an indication of what you need to be doing to get there. Remember, though, that every situation, industry, and job are different, so you might have to adapt accordingly.
Explore Jobs That Are In Demand
Often, we’ll have days where we have no idea what’s in demand and what’s not. While we’re busy searching for the perfect job, all kinds of positions will be listed, which can be a little bit overwhelming. If you’d like, you can take a quick peek into what’s trending in your area of interest. This can help you find positions that are highly in demand and might even lead you to your perfect role.
In addition to this, there are numerous platforms like Careerspire that can help you gain insight into the jobs that are currently in demand. This can be a good place to start if you’d like to explore jobs in greater detail. Careerspire curates and lists jobs that are trending as well as those that are in demand based on a number of criteria ( experience, skills, required education, etc ).
I hope that this post gave you some good ideas about what you can do in the first year of your career. While it might be difficult to know where to start, hopefully, the tips above will help you along the way. Good luck!