Doing your Due Diligence
I am constantly getting asked the questions like “What is IT audit,” “What do you do for a living” and “How did you follow the path into this career?” Answering these questions are some of the hardest things to do because what we do is so specialized. When I realized that not many people know what I do, or have never even heard of it, I learned an important lesson that I would like to pass along to new college graduates and that is: DO YOUR RESEARCH.
You constantly hear about the importance of asking questions, but I believe it is equally important to do plenty of research ahead of time so you can ask the right questions. During recruiting, I wish I would have conducted a lot more research on the different career paths that my degree could have taken me beyond the traditional ones that we hear about, because there truly is a wealth of opportunities in America. I have met numerous people that have gone into fields that I could never have imagined existed. While you are in the recruiting process, research any and every topic you hear of, whether it’s from networking, through your college, or somewhere else, and see if there are careers related to it. You will be surprised to see what you can find.
Once you start doing your initial research you will probably realize there are possibilities for careers that you never would have imagined, but that you would love to be a part of. Doing your due diligence can and will open more doors and create so much more opportunity for you coming out of college so you can land not just a job but a career that you love.