Get employed: reflect on your studies and goals

What are you going to do after graduation? David Taylor, General Manager of Businet,  lists tasks to do to get an interesting job. Taylor spoke to tourism business people, but the framework applies to any field.

30.6.2018 | By: Aino Pelto-Huikko | Photo: Anne Sankari

David Taylor ja Tiina Garcìa keskustelemassa Taidekäytävän ikkunoiden vieressä.
- Koulutus on sitä, että autamme opiskelijoitamme saavuttamaan tavoitteensa, David Taylor sanoo. | Education is about helping our students to achieve their goals, David Taylor says. In the photo with Tiina García.

– Why are you here, studying tourism, David Taylor asks students.
– I’m looking for a job, is the often the answer, no matter what the education is. How to get a job and keep it, as well?

What are you going to do after this education? Clear goals are the point. Everybody has their own goals, and, what’s important, they can differ from parents’ and teachers’ goals. For example, a high salary doesn’t motivate everybody.

What are you going to do after this education? Clear goals are the point.

–  Everybody does not have clear goals in the beginning of the education, maybe the most of the students, Taylor says. However, he advices to get the goals. They help in getting employed.

– What have you done for your career goals? Have you succeeded in it? What else should you do, he asks.

Employability, about grasping opportunities

Employability is about how an individual grasps the opportunities that are before them.
–  All our life we get opportunities that we have not thought. It’s feasible to take different routes, he says.

All our life we get opportunities that we have not thought.

It is about how one reflects and evaluates one’s opportunities, and how she packages and presents her skills.

Reflection on your own skills is important: map what the employers are typically seeking for, evaluate where you are now and what you need next? Taylor strongly advises to get rid of an idea that ”My brain is in the language side, not in the number side”.
– No, you can learn. You have to work on the weakness, until you are comfortable with it.

You can gain confidence even on your former weakness, like numerical skills or presentation skills.

Bundle of skills that give you employability

Tourism is a service business, highly dependable on your ability to handle people. Taylor pointed even employee’s responsibility to fellow workers: if the business flourishes, you do not lose your job.

Skills required depend on the role or the career you intend to pursue. Communications and interaction skills, managing information, numerical skills and problem solving skills are fundamental in working life. Nowadays, a travel agency need to add value to customer experience which means, first and foremost, that you need to listen to the customer. Additionally, you need to be able to count costs and profits, solve problems and take responsibility.

– Let’s solve the small problem, before it becomes a major one. Solve the problem, not how it’s seen. If you have made a mistake, raise your hand: ”Look it’s my fault, but let’s solve it.”

If you have made a mistake, raise your hand: ”Look it’s my fault, but let’s solve it.”

That’s not all, though. You need team skills, innovation skills and networking skills.  You get more easily employed if you are willing to reflect and learn.

Global business need global graduates who have global awareness, people who have worked or studied abroad as a part of their learning.

What are your top 5 skills?

Taylor challenges the students: What are you top 5 skills? List them: I’m exceptionally good at…. I’m good at…  It’s been said that I..

In a work interview, for example, you need to prove that you are the right person to the position.

–  By the end of your programme you should be able to say this without thinking, and you need to give examples.

DavidTaylor ja Tiina Garcia keskustelevat Taidekäytävällä.

David Taylor

General Manager, Businet

David Taylor gave a lecture in international week on tourism in SAMK in April 2018. In the photo with Senior Lecturer Tiina García from SAMK.

30.6.2018 | By: Aino Pelto-Huikko | Photo: Anne Sankari

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