In my previous article I mentioned various job portals and websites to look for jobs along with some career related advice. Among them I mentioned about a new and amazing website www.comet.is
Comet is a social and professional networking site that acts as a platform for directly connecting students with employers and educators. At Comet students can create their profile which acts as an online CV and can also build up their online work portfolio.(Source: Comet Student Information Guide V2)
An insightful interview with Mr John Collins, Co-Founder and Product Director at CareerLounge, further elaborates about this amazing platform. John preferred to explore few business ideas than getting stuck University and came up with what CareerLounge is today.
John describes Comet as, “A community for young and aspiring professionals to share projects, news and stories. Anyone can create a profile and join ‘Villages’ where people, companies and educators from a particular field of interest come together.”
He says that, “Before Comet, the only places you could get information to help you make your decision were government websites (which are usually out of date), careers counsellors (which to be fair can be very helpful but can’t possibly know everything about every industry), or personal contacts you may have.”
According to him, “Comet is a community which provides this kind of information along with giving you opportunity to ask the author further questions or ask an employer what makes their workplace so great to be in.”
John Collins: Co-Founder & Product Director
Practicality of Comet for students
In regards to Comet’s usefulness to students, John says that Comet helps students get a better idea of the kind of roles and Companies they are interested along with getting information about work culture.
He says this while stressing on the fact that getting a job one is not aware of and then leaving the same creates problem for everyone. There are huge sunk costs in terms of employer’s valuable training time, resource time and of course money. “The applicant ends up with perhaps a stressful situation and a weird few months on their resume they need to explain at their next job.” asserts John.
Distinctiveness from other platforms such as spot jobs, LinkedIn and Seek
John considers LinkedIn to be in a different category to Seek and SpotJobs. According to him, “LinkedIn is a traditional social network and was built for senior professionals; while Seek and SpotJobs are both first and foremost jobs boards meaning quite simply, a list of job ads that can be browsed a few different ways”. He considers problem with LinkedIn being young professionals don’t have much “professional contacts” during studies and for SpotJobs and seek one still needs to find what they are looking for.
He believes, “Comet is something different all together and we designed Comet with some of the problems I’ve pointed out in mind. You can create a Comet profile, contribute your stories, learn about different industries and engage with employers without having a single contact or coming up with a keyword that will determine your future”
“Comet is a place for inspiration and exploration to help you discover the next step on your professional journey.”
He further adds, “If you know what you’re looking for, go to Seek. If you have professional contacts, go to LinkedIn. If you have no idea, come to Comet.”
Benefit of Villages to students
John considers Villages to be awesome as they have feeds with all the latest stories and news from other Comet Members, Employers and Educators. He says, “There are over 40 of them to join from Commerce to Design, Building & Construction to Agriculture and in each you’ll find companies looking to hire young professionals”. One can join and leave any number of villages as and whenever they like.
Work culture at comet
Back row: John Collins, Product Director. Patrick Borgeest, Senior Engineer; Dominique Fisher, Managing Director.; Tom McKenzie, Head Engineer. Nicole Pogue, Operations Director. Georgia Rudin, PA.
Front Row: Zoe Willox, Content Curator; Jenna Murphy, Senior Account Manager; Luke Shillabeer, Web Engineer; Ciaran Nolan, Senior Account Manager.
“We’re very much a family here and everyone is really passionate about creating amazing products that truly make a difference. If I had to sum it up in one sentence; the work is really challenging but with such a great team, it’s all possible and we definitely have a lot of fun along the way. We have a few stress relievers in the office like our table tennis table, foosball table, Nintendo Wii and snack station with everything from fruit to chocolate. ”, John commented.
A word of advice for students
John advises students to not be afraid to take lots of little opportunities such as internships and volunteer roles while emphasizing on the importance of solid foundation of Hands on experience. In his words, “Showing that you’re proactive and hungry for experience indicates to employers that you have initiative and are willing to learn.”
He further adds, “Your Comet Profile can capture all manner of your experiences be it a free seminar you went to or a 2 month internship. It all counts.”
Student Ambassadors for Comet
John says, “ I’ve been working on a Student Partner Program that I’m looking to get underway from January 2016 but if Students are keen to support us or even just find out more about the startup world we’d love to hear from you today.” He says while quoting Immortal words of Bryan Adams, “Our mission is to inspire, empower and connect the world’s young professionals. Everything we do, we do just for you.”
Comet is working on a brand new product that will go a long way to helping students find great opportunities. “Keep an eye out as we’re launching it before the end of the year.”, says John.