Graduation season is quickly approaching, and many soon-to-be grads are now being inundated with advice from advisors, professors and family members about their chosen career paths.
Deciding where to work can be a daunting decision, especially with so many promising fields to go into. Luckily, there are numerous ways for graduates to apply their degrees and past work experiences to find fulfilling and exciting entry-level positions.
To help make this decision a little easier for the class of 2022, the experts of Young Entrepreneur Council each share their thoughts on the best careers to get into right now and offer advice for future job seekers.
Young Entrepreneur Council members recommend promising career fields.
Photos courtesy of the individual members.
1. Event Promotion
I think that event promotion is a great career to enter now after a couple of years in the dark during the pandemic. Having said that, the pandemic forced a lot of creative solutions from the special event industry, and it has emerged stronger in many ways from having faced this existential crisis head-on. So there is a lot of pent-up potential for new hires in the event industry, and the career itself is so instructive for people entering the working world. It’s a project-based and results-driven industry that requires employees to learn the business quickly and wear many hats at once. You can’t get this kind of experience in a classroom environment. – Kyle Michaud, Carolina Dozer
2. Community Management
Building the bridge between Web 2.0 and Web3 will require a shift in marketing strategies and experts in community building. Growing Web 2.0 companies focuses on generating leads and acquiring and retaining customers. Web3 is about bringing in users early to build a community. The ability to understand what creators, influencers and communities engage with is key for Web3 culture. What allows for long-term success in Web3 is a strong understanding of community combined with the ability to drive purpose. If you have the skill set to identify what makes a brand different and unique, and how to rely on these points to engage a community, that will ultimately ensure a successful business and career. – Ryan Stoner, Dendro
3. Clean Technology
Young people need to know that focusing on one career in narrow ways doesn’t work anymore. You need to have expertise in one area but also build your knowledge in some other field. For example, you could do business management but also learn to code in your spare time. Employers look for people who like to learn and can do a few different things. However, if I had to pick one area to get into, I recommend clean sciences and studies related to bettering the global environment. Cleantech is a growing sphere where you can become highly specialized, and your skills will be in demand and your potential for higher compensation will be better too. And finally, if you want to travel, specializing in cleantech could help you find work in countries that focus on these technologies. – Blair Williams, MemberPress
Choose any career that you can turn into a business. The Covid-19 pandemic taught most of us one major lesson: You should always have a Plan B in addition to your regular job. What does that mean? There’s a possibility it might take time to land a promising job or you might even end up settling for something less. As the world shifts to remote working, it’s become clear that you can still offer your services remotely and be good at what you’re doing. So why not go for careers such as marketing, graphic design, computer programming, etc. that you can offer wherever you are and still make good money? Be your own employer. – Candice Georgiadis, Digital Day
5. Data Analysis
Any career related to data will be in demand in the future, and salaries will rise with that demand. Collecting data, manipulating it, analyzing it, interpreting it and turning it into something new and useful (e.g., artificial intelligence and machine learning) will be highly sought-after skills. That means people who focus on improving their technical skills, analysis and interpretation skills will have many job opportunities awaiting them. However, data needs will continue to evolve in the coming years. Savvy career seekers will be watching for those new opportunities and continue to learn and broaden their data skills to seize them. Networking and continuing education will be critical as things start to move even faster in the near future. – Jonathan Prichard, MattressInsider.com
6. Public Relations
There’s marketing that’s basically needed by all companies, but PR is incomparable because not everyone can do good PR for every business and profile. There needs to be a good partnership to help the brand raise its authority, build relationships with key audiences and ultimately take the business to the next level. With proper connections, a good PR professional can do their job efficiently. – Daisy Jing, Banish
7. Content Production
If you are graduating with a liberal arts degree, an easy fit is content production. Good writing is something that AI has not quite cracked and is always in demand in many fields. You can also showcase your writing easily without having to show many references of past work or referrals. Start a web portfolio and write articles relating to different subjects and industries and then start looking for work. There is upward mobility as well in content production if you are concerned that writing will not lead you places. Content management and becoming a chief marketing officer are not out of the question when starting from writing beginnings. It is also important to note that you can fall back on this if you want to pursue other career options or more school. – Matthew Capala, Alphametic
8. Customer Service
With AI and the automation of everything right around the corner, there will be soft skills that will be difficult to imitate with modern technology. Customer service may not be the career for the long haul, but it will give you hundreds of hours of learning to speak to people from different walks of life and owning your own voice. Malcolm Gladwell said in his book Outliers that you need 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery of a skill. No matter where you go in life, learning to talk to people, read people and be authentic in your word is invaluable. No robot or AI can replace your life experience in getting that. – Givelle Lamano, Lamano Law Office
9. The Field That Suits You Best
It’s not about the best career as much as it’s about the best career for you. The first step in the process of finding the best career for you is to get to know yourself. Search for careers that meet your criteria. Then pick your options and try them. It’s alright if you don’t know yourself; the process is simple. What are your interests? What is your personality? What are your values? Add skills under interests and include geographic preferences as well. Do you like to engage with people at work or not? What are your hobbies? Who do you admire and why? What are things or traits you can’t compromise on? Pay attention to your religion too if you have one. Find a career that fits. – Samuel Thimothy, OneIMS