Career Tips for New Graduates

From the Eye of a Management Professional



By Rami Kaibni

Vancouver, BC, Canada



New graduates are often concerned and become overwhelmed as soon as they graduate when facing the real world. Mentoring several candidates over the years, I’ve heard various concerns and worries that new graduates have and can summarize below some of the common ones:

Defining a Career Path

  • How can I define my career goals?
  • What if I discover later that this is not what I want to do?

Establishing a Professional Resume

  • I don’t have any experience yet so how can I establish a resume?
  • Should my resume be very detailed and ATS compliant?
  • Is having a LinkedIn profile an asset?

Applying for Jobs

  • How can I apply for jobs?
  • I heard that applying online through jobs platforms isn’t effective.

Going for Interviews

  • I’ve never been through a job interview before. How shall I prepare?
  • How are interviews structured?

Starting a New Job

  • What if I don’t feel comfortable with the organization?
  • What if I don’t like the job?

In this article, I will be providing below a few general tips that will hopefully help new graduates have a better level of comfort while venturing into the world of practice. Many of those tips apply for professionals who are considering a career change as well.



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How to cite this article: Kaibni, R. (2020).  Career Tips for New Graduates: From the Eye of a Management Professional, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VI, June. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/pmwj94-Jun2020-Kaibni-career-tips-for-recent-graduates2.pdf



About the Author


Rami Kaibni
B.Eng , PfMP®, PMP®, PMI-(PBA®, RMP®, ACP®), CBAP®, AgilePM®, GPM-b™ 

Senior Projects and Development Manager



Rami Kaibni is a Career Coach, Agile Trainer and a certified Senior Portfolio and Project Management Professional holding a bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering and over 15 years of professional experience in Professional Development / Career Coaching, Portfolio / Program / Project Management, Construction Management, and Business Development.

Besides holding multiple certifications in the management and business fields, Rami is also a member of many global organizations of which some are: Project Management Institute (PMI) and Green Project Management (GPM) in the United States, International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) in Canada, PMO Global Alliance, Agile Business Consortium in the UK, and International Association of Project Managers (IAPM) in Liechtenstein as their Senior Official in Vancouver, Canada and Jordan.

Over the course his career, he worked with highly reputable organizations and clients both nationally and internationally and have been deployed on high profile projects across Asia including the Gulf Region, Middle East, Shanghai/China and currently in Vancouver, Canada.

As a Professional Development and Career Coach, he helps guide and mentor individuals who are looking for professional development to boost their career, individuals who are considering a career change, new graduates looking for a new job or have an upcoming interview properly prepare and achieve their goals. He also works with organizations to put customized programs for their employees professional and leadership development.

As an Agile Trainer, he helps coach individuals and organization executives and employees in Agile Project Management.

On the other hand, as a Senior Portfolio and Project Manager, he specializes in various aspects of portfolio and project management from initiation, planning, estimation, cost control, execution, quality control, monitoring and closing. He helps clients achieve the desired outcome for their projects.

On a personal note, Rami is also a volunteer member of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation and a named Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA) for Canada.

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