Social media is an excellent tool for young people about to embark on their careers.
Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn make great resources for job hunting, research and building your network. But they’re also full of useful careers content you may never have tapped into before.
Whether you’re looking for guidance on how to navigate the professional world, tips on improving employability skills, or are simply in the market for an inspirational quote or two, you’re bound to find an account that’s worth a follow.
Work Lessons 101
A self-professed ‘global community for aspiring professionals’, Work Lessons 101 offers exactly what it says on the tin: useful, work-related lessons to learn from. Topics include everything from career plans to dealing with setbacks.
Amazing If is a leading UK career development company.
Whilst their book, Squiggly Careers, (a Sunday Times Business bestseller) and the accompanying podcast of the same name (which boasts a million listeners) are the real stars of the Amazing If brand, their social media is a great place to start.
Here you can access fantastic original careers content and scope out their podcast series, which covers everything from ‘How to be a Better Problem Solver’ to ‘How to Kickstart Your Career This Summer’. There are also ‘Ask the Experts’ episodes, which each tackle a particular careers-related topic with the help of a specialist.
It’s all aimed primarily at professionals, but there’s a lot of useful info that will help prepare you for the working world.
LinkedIn: Amazing If
Not Going to Uni
Not Going to Uni is the ultimate resource for school and college leavers looking to launch their career.
Every one of their social media accounts is packed with apprenticeship schemes and other exciting opportunities, as well as techniques and tricks to help you on your career journey.
LinkedIn: Not Going to Uni
If you’re seeking a corporate career, it’s important to stay up to date on what’s happening in the business world.
The pros at Business Insider use social media to promote the most compelling business news from across the world. Read a range of different news sources to keep abreast of the latest developments in business and finance: you could also try following Forbes, The Economist, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired or The Financial Times.
LinkedIn: Business Insider
Career Contessa is packed with tips, templates and inspirational quotes on navigating the workplace as a young woman. A lot of it is geared towards those who are already working, but there’s plenty of useful advice that could apply to a part-time job, plus interview and CV-writing tips perfect for those just starting out.
Expect fun stats, interesting how-tos and a very appealing colour scheme.
LinkedIn: Career Contessa
“We help women be more fulfilled, healthy, and successful at work.”
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, Entrepreneur Magazine’s social media feeds are guaranteed to inspire.
Their Instagram reads like a who’s who of world-class innovators, with interviews, articles and podcast clips, plus profiles of successful entrepreneurs. Use their platforms to do your research and stay well-informed on all things entrepreneurial, or simply as inspiration for your first big venture.
LinkedIn: Entrepreneur Media
Your Dream Companies and Organisations
Do you aspire to work at a Big Four firm? Follow Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and EY! Dreaming of becoming an investment banker? Follow the top banks to keep up with their news. Want to be a journalist? Follow every newspaper you can and keep up to date with their coverage, familiarising yourself with house style, top headlines and popular writers.
An understanding of the field you want to go into will help you make an informed decision about your future, and cultivating an awareness of your dream companies and their competitors will go a long way in future interviews.
If you don’t already follow us on social media, now’s the time! Our Instagram feed is full of career hacks, skills advice and useful tips from top professionals, all designed to help you land your dream job. You can also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay up to date on our fantastic cost-free events, new blog posts, competitions and careers webinars, plus exclusive discounts for our game-changing career programmes!