EPISODE 225

What does the job market look like for new graduates entering the working world? One of the questions Dr. Bray gets asked repeatedly is “what is the best way to find a job?”  Two thirds of college graduates struggle to launch their careers and there are numerous reasons why.  In today’s episode Dr. Bray shares the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience research on joining the workforce, increasing your income and how to better negotiate.

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: “Do I just take whatever raise, if any, that my employer decides to give me after my performance review?” “What if they get upset with me for asking and say no?” -from keynote attendee in Austin

A: You are going to ask for a raise! Always prepare. It’s the secret to being a great negotiator. Practice!

  • Let them know in advance that you want to have this conversation. Have your proposal ready to go.
  • Recognize the relationship, be appreciative of your job, don’t apologize for asking!
  • Make it sound like you’re on the same team. (You are!)

What happens if they say no?

  • Think of it as an ongoing conversation. Now they’ll rethink the situation for the next time.
  • Remember that your self-worth doesn’t depend on what they say to you. You had the courage initiate the conversation!!

 

STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

The series of decisions that a person makes at the beginning of their college years affects their ability to secure a job after graduation. You have to look at whether you can get a job with the degree you chose. Will that degree lead to more opportunities? Corporations want some type of specialization. They don’t want you to have any degree, those days are gone.  Employers look for soft skills as well, so be sure to cultivate those skills.

Here are some suggestions to make your transition from college into the workforce a smooth one…

  1. Really think about what your undergraduate degree is going to mean. Will it lead to internships and experience? You have a much higher likelihood of getting a job after you have had an internship.
  2. To move up and be in leadership you’ll need a Master’s degree. This is where you should spend your money.  Dr. Bray recommends getting some work experience before returning back to school.  Your employer may foot the bill for your Master’s Degree if you are a top performer.
  3. Slow down after high school. Don’t jump right into college full force. Take a gap year in the middle of your schooling and do some things that will help you learn about the world and help you figure out which direction you want to go.  This advice goes against conventional wisdom, but not all high school graduates are ready for college.  I am a big believer in volunteering for a good cause for a year.

 

QUOTES BY CHRIS

Go to any school that you can to get a Bachelor’s degree with the least amount of debt as possible!!”

 

ACTION ASSIGNMENTS

Have the courage to do things you haven’t done before!


 

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