Corporate work is cool again.
In TD Ameritrade’s new Young Money survey, 30 percent of the 2,000 teens and young millennials polled say they prefer to work in a corporate or business environment, instead of doing their own thing in the gig economy.
So how can they best prepare themselves to shine when seeking their start in the corporate world?
- Anticipate tough questions
“I see college grads struggle with behavior-based questions like, ‘Tell me about a time you led a team on a project and it failed. What happened and what did you learn?’ They often freeze and stumble. Think ahead of stories from your volunteer experience or internships you can use. Phrase your answer in the STAR format: situation/task, action, result. Example: ‘I was faced with this situation in my internship during project X. I took action by doing Y and as a result we learned Z,” says Dave Gambrill, an executive coach in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
- Keep an open mind about jobs
“Setting out looking for something really specific can be a recipe for failure. Don’t overlook an opportunity because at first glance it doesn’t seem like it would be your dream position. Don’t shut things down, you never know how they could end up working out,” says Valerie Streif, a senior adviser at career site thementatcom.
Angela Copeland, author of “Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job,” says, “When you’re young, many people are willing to sit down and talk with you about your career. Take them up on this. Learn about industries and jobs that you are unfamiliar with. The more information you have, the more informed decisions you’re able to make.”