GRADUATES / JUL. 17, 2016
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4 Job Search Challenges You’ll Face as a New Grad

As a graduate you may feel a lot of pressure to find the ‘perfect job’ and this is why you should prepare yourself. Make sure you follow these tips !

You have just graduated! Congratulations! Now, what’s next? Are you ready to start looking for a job? Like most people you probably have mixed feelings about graduating. You are obviously happy because you won’t have to write another essay, but you are also worried that you haven’t managed to secure a job yet.

This is something every graduate goes through. You may feel lost and helpless - not knowing what to do next - but you should know that help is available as long as you ask for it.

See Also: 5 Job Search Myths That Hold You Back From Your Dream Job

To help you out, here are some of the challenges you need to prepare yourself for as a new graduate.

1. Lack of Work Experience

Unless you’ve completed a placement year while studying, you will find that you lack real work experience. This is quite common for people who study at university because they often find themselves 'trapped in the books.' Instead of getting hands-on experience in their field, they end up completing assignment after assignment, which doesn’t provide them with the opportunity to put their skills into practice. If this is the case for you, perhaps you should look for ways to build experience outside of school. Volunteering is usually a good place to sta

2. Lack of Jobs

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It’s not like there aren’t any jobs left. The problem is that they are difficult to find. It’s no secret that the job market is highly competitive, but this means that you just have to look more carefully and get into the hidden market. Instead of relying on job boards, you should look for job opportunities while connecting with employers.

The good thing is that this is much easier to do as a graduate. Lots of networking events and career fairs are being held at universities which can bring you closer to employers. Also, if you need help with your job search, most university career services in the UK can provide career advice and guidance for three years after you graduate.

3. Your Expectations Are Too High

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Most graduates think that as soon as they finish university, they are going to land a job right away. While this is possible if you are on a paid internship, only a certain percentage of these opportunities turn into real jobs. If you are in that 60 percent, then you are lucky to land a job in such a short time, however if you haven’t been an intern and as such have little or no work experience, finding a job might be more difficult for you.

Having high expectations may be good in terms of wanting something better for yourself, but being realistic in such a tough economy is important for people who are just starting out. As a graduate, you should be looking out for realistic opportunities, and the sooner you start doing it, the better.

4. Further Higher Education vs. Job Hunting

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When you graduate, you find yourself yet in another dilemma. Should you start looking for a job right away or continue your studies for a postgraduate degree? While going straight to employment – and earning money – sounds tempting, most graduates choose to postpone that for a while in order to improve their job prospects even further. With a postgraduate degree, you can gain more knowledge in the field of your expertise, and you can to command a higher salary in your first job. So, what it is going to be? More studying or working?

See Also: 10 Inspiring Quotes for Graduates

Graduating and not having a job may is a stressful experience, but there are many ways to get work experience and make yourself more employable. Become a volunteer and try out alternative methods of job hunting to get yourself a job.

Did you have to face any of these challenges when you were first starting out? If yes, what did you do about it? Let me know in the comments section below…

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