Jobs. Careers. Employment. Three words that can fill us with excitement or complete dread on Halloween. After education it’s the next logical step but it doesn’t make the process any less daunting.
But follow Career Camel’s Halloween careers advice and you’ll be prepared for whatever job is thrown at you.
The first scary part – the interview. A part of the process you feel like you can’t prepare for. Having unprepared questions thrown at you and your answers judged and marked. If you just take a step back, breathe, and think clearly, it will all be a lot easier. For most jobs you apply for, on the companies website there is likely to be a specification or requirement. These will outline what a company will test you on to see if you are a) suitable for the job and b) suitable for the establishment. It will be there in black and white. Therefore preparation is key in ensuring you don’t freak out in front of possible employers.
In the Daily Star on October 28, public speaking was noted as British people’s top fear. I myself suffer from minor stage fright in front of large groups of people. This is easily rectified. As they say, practice makes perfect. Make bullet points of all your key ideas, prepare what you have to say, and go into the office or boardroom and it will be a lot less stressful for you.
Sunday night fear
A new study has revealed that 22.9 million Britons suffer from “Sunday night fear” – feelings of angst about the working week ahead.
According to recruitment website Reed.co.uk, these are top ten industries where workers fear Monday mornings:
- Media and publishing (86 percent)
- Marketing, advertising and PR (80 percent)
- Creative arts and design (75 percent)
- Teaching and education (71 percent)
- Science and Pharmaceuticals (69 percent)
- Information Technology (63 percent)
- Property and Construction (62 percent)
- Health and Social Care (62 percent)
- Accounting, banking and finance (60 percent)
- Recruitment and HR (59 percent)
The careers mentioned above all involve communication and working with people and in many cases, you could be the one who might make an error. Confidence in your own ability is key. Working well with other people is a skill and if you can do that, you will be a credit to yourself and the company you represent.
The reason jobs feel scary is because we care about succeeding. That is a great thing. A career is bound to feel more stressful than education; it’s fine to feel nervous. Don’t let the fear of making a mistake hold you back from improving or moving forward in your career. Your career will be a journey with successes, mistakes, highs and lows. Take each task as it comes with a clear, ready mind, and you will go far.
Which jobs do you think are scary but actually aren’t? Tell us in the comment box below.
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23, 2:1 Swansea University graduate, journalist in the making.