As this year’s crop of new graduates are just about to hit the jobs market, job search site Neuvoo give us their tips on how to find your first job on leaving university:
University does not really prepare you for real life. Even though many students are forced to take a part time job to support themselves through university these days, its often a job outside their chosen career and won’t lead to permanent employment.
With the end of the course and graduation looming, concentration on studies becomes more difficult. As Graduation Day approaches, (and the loan debts are massing) students usually begin to panic. What now? What am I going to do? I owe so much money, how am I going to repay my student loans? According to a recent poll, only 16% of the graduates from 2013 classes had job offers a month before graduation. Nonetheless, this percentage has increased at least by 8% in the last two years.
The secret to easy employment options seems to be having completed an internship or work experience before graduating. In 2013, almost half of graduates found a job as a result of an internship. Two years later, more than 70% of students completed an internship, apprenticeship or work experience during university during 2015.
However, for those who didn’t complete an internship, or who didn’t get a job offer as a result, graduates will have to start by working hard to find one, especially one that fulfills their expectations and that is in their chosen field. However, its not all bad news, in a time of relatively full employment, there are still good opportunities out there for candidates who are willing to do their research, find the right employer and most importantly, do the groundwork before interview.
The beauty for millenials is they are constantly surrounded by technology – candidates can find many job search aggregators, recruitment consultants and job boards on the web, with apps and blogs galore – so rather than panicking in your room, take that first step and search for the job of your dreams. You can start searching by location, by company or by field.
Many of the apps will also list internships in your area. The internet is full of unexplored possibilities, so don’t wait until you return home to start looking.
Before you pack for home, take time to visit your university’s Career Center to ask for advice in your chosen area – perhaps they will think of an option you missed.
The message is loud and clear, the jobs are out there and a lot of employers are competing for the best candidates – so make sure that you are the best! Whilst grades are important, character often counts for more, so start by getting your CV spot on and use your cover letter to show you have the attributes they are seeking – and again, the web is full of guidance on how to do this. That should get you an interview.
Before interview, take time to learn about your new potential career and the company you are hoping to work for. Once more, your plethora of devices will help you research your potential employers culture and their values, how do they dress, what language do they use? Make yourself ‘look like you belong’ from day one, turn up on time and above all else, prepare.
If you do your homework and act the part, you’ll stand out and start out on what we hope will be a long and successful career – so, before end of term terror sets in, think positive and start searching. Most importantly, reach for the stars!