How to choose the right employer

Career Advice
02 November 2017 | Career Advice | Guest Author

Just because an employer has a vacancy for a role you want it doesn’t mean that they are the right employer for you.

It’s worth noting the way a role is structured will differ from employer to employer. The remit of a role in a large corporation might be narrower than in a smaller company where more might be expected. This will in turn have a knock on effect on whether you enjoy the role and also how you do your role. As well as doing your own research, getting to interview stage presents you with another opportunity to get a closer look and find out how things really work in an organisation. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider.

Processes

In a lot of cases smaller companies tend to have more relaxed processes and procedures because of lack of resources or as a result of information flowing more easily. This can be a good and a bad thing. It’s good in the sense that if you are someone with ideas and can see how to make things better this is a perfect opportunity to put your mark on things. On the other hand some people work better in environments with structure and rigid adherence to process. Some regulated sectors may have really strict processes, meaning there is very little scope for change. Being tied up with red tape can become a major frustration when small changes can make a difference.

Management Hierarchy

Starting out in a company with good access to your seniors can be great for your career. It means you will learn a lot from really experienced professionals, if you master how to maximise these relationships. You can find yourself a mentor in the process and that is invaluable for your career. The down side of this is you may soon find there is nowhere for you to go as you progress and you may hit the ceiling fast, unless a role is created for you.

Autonomy

This is a great thing for people that are self- motivated, proactive and self- starters. Some individuals may prefer a team based environment where decisions are jointly made, they can consult and get support with their peers. Not all organisations will have this, so if that is important to you then consider working for employers where there are more people with a similar skills set at different levels. This will allow you to get peer and management support if that suits your working style.

Personal Development

Not all employers hiring graduates will develop graduates or understand how best to map the graduate career path. Some employers often do not have the budget to give you the training and development you need. The danger with being employed by an employer who can’t train you is that you will find yourself lagging behind peers and lacking in the skills required in your profession over time. It is best to understand upfront what your development will look like with your choice employer.


To find out more about choosing the right employer you can read the chapter on 'Choosing the right career and organisation for you' in the book 'How to land your perfect career after graduation' by Benedicta Banga. Available at www.gradstrategy.com.

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