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After three or more years of studying towards earning your degree, many people can feel overwhelmed after their graduation. The daunting prospect of going into full-time employment can be nerve-racking for many. This post will hopefully help those who have recently graduated or are close to achieving their degree in post-graduation life. I will be discussing the best ways to job-hunt after graduating and alternative situations for some students who may not want to dive into full-time employment yet.
The first step for graduates doesn’t always have to be full-time employment. Some people want to take a break prior to working full-time after working tirelessly to achieve the best from their educational studies. A potential option for those not wanting to go straight into full-time work could be to take a gap year. If you want to see more of the world, learn languages, experience different cultures and meet new people before settling down to work you could take a gap year. Not only is this a great time to spend post-graduation, but it also makes you an extremely interesting job candidate and is looked at as something that can enhance your employability. Taking the time to go traveling demonstrates a great sense of maturity, organization, and independence. This also gives you the freedom and time to figure out your destined career path for when you return from your travels.
A great option for those who have recently earnt their graduation is to get a graduate job. The majority of graduates look for a job. Most universities have a ‘universities career service’. These will offer you support in your search for a job after graduating and give you guidance through the process. Graduate jobs are often found in larger, more recognisable companies however, smaller businesses may offer these roles which are complimented with good training, development, and prospects. Many employers insist on graduates achieving a 2:1 or higher however more and more graduate recruiters are beginning to realise that there is more to university life than obtaining a 2:1 or above. These companies are interested in what else you’ve achieved, whether that’s working part-time alongside your degree, volunteering or representing your university in an event. Make a great amount of effort with your CV and cover letters. We have a blog post on CV Writing that you can view by clicking on the hyperlink.
Deciding on a career path after you graduate allows you to be more focused on your career and being able to achieve your goal. Choosing a career path can be hard as you feel like you’re defining your path at a very young age. You can figure out your destined career path by questioning yourself on your likes and dislikes, examining your pastimes and hobbies, past accomplishments, looking into careers with transferrable skills from your degree and career and job trends. These are all small areas that collectively can help you to understand the path you want to take. Deciding on some aspects in a workplace can also help you to narrow down roles and avenues you’re willing to take. Setting career and job goals will motivate you to work harder to achieve those set goals. Exploring further education options may also help to boost your CV and set you apart from other potential applicants. The type of environment you want to work within can also help you figure out options. For example, whether working within a team would better suit your working style or independent work would be a preference for you. These are all factors that change your career path.
A great tool to use when looking to be employed is social media. The best thing about social media is that it’s free to use, for everyone. As well as this millions of people have social media accounts and have the ability to view your account free of cost. Building up a personal brand is a great way to attract the eye of potential employers and shows your determination and desire to succeed in your field. Across your social media feeds, you must keep your image professional and consistent. Personal branding is a must, you want people to know who you are, what you do, and where you’re going. Use your social accounts as jumping-off points to link your social media accounts. Make sure to include links to projects you’re currently working on and any from past work you have completed. Having a personal website or blog where people can learn more about you is also a great way to attract employers. As a job seeker using LinkedIn is a great platform to have. The best thing that can happen is a recruiter finds your profile and reaches out to you. You should be doing all you can to attract employers to your profile. Having an up to date CV, professional image and well-catered account Is key to making a great first impression.
The final piece of advice within this article is to never give up on your dream job. More times than not finding your dream job can take months of hard work and continued determination. Being able to maintain a hard-working ethic to do everything you can to work towards your dream role is important. With continued persistence, opportunities will open for you. At times you may feel like giving up however the people who continue to push through patches or rejection are the ones who will be successful in finding their dream role.