Firstly, congratulations. All your hard work and effort has paid off, you’ve graduated! The hard work doesn’t stop here though. Now you need to find your first graduate job. Figure out what you want to do, find an available job, then beat out all the competition to make it yours. While your first job might not be your dream career, it will probably be entry level, there’s no reason why it can’t be a foot in the door, a step on the ladder for that job you’ve wanted since you set off for university.
Take some time to think about what it is you really want to do, where you’d like to be in 10 years, and what jobs you could do now to get you there. Look for a company that has everything you want, find out if they have any positions available, then research, research and do a bit more research.
You need to know everything there is to know about them, who works there, what their mission statement is, the history of the company, any little facts you can find. This will really make you stand out in an interview, not only as someone that really wants the job, but also as someone who is thorough and committed, willing to go that extra mile.
Networking is a great tool. If you’ve got any contacts, now is the time to use them. That uncle that works with someone who knows the director of a company you want to work for, try and set up a meeting. Even if it just leads to you getting a tip of when a job is going to be advertised, that gives you a head start, but it might get you an interview.
It could be that these contacts can’t do anything for you now, but in five years’ time when you’re looking to move up, the guy interviewing you might remember that enthusiastic graduate he met years ago. Use social media to your advantage here too. Get a LinkedIn account, follow the right people on Twitter, and build an online portfolio. Just make sure all your accounts are professional, or make new accounts just for business.
Further Study or Training
A lot of people nowadays have a degree, and one of the best ways to set yourself apart is to take on further study. You can either do this by going back to school, or signing up for an online masters, so you can gain work experience at the same time. If you’re looking to go into business, studying an online masters in business would be a fantastic option for you.
It would give you an advantage when you’re applying for jobs, make you much more qualified for any job you do get, and make you a lot more confident in your own knowledge and abilities. Some jobs won’t even accept applications from people that don’t have a masters, so it’s definitely something to consider.
Securing your first job is the next step to your dream career, using these tools will help you do it, especially if you can combine all three..
Remember, you’ve graduated, you can do this too.
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