Graduate Employment: the Fear about Finding the Right Job
In 2013, thousands of bright, enthusiastic students will graduate from UK universities looking to make their way in the world. However, the Guardian’s latest data has revealed 1 in 5 of these graduates will face long-term unemployment. Coupled with this is their fear of finding the right job.
So how do you know what is the right job for you?
More often than not, students merely take the subject they loved most at school with no idea what they want to do when they finally graduate. And the pressure of the competitive job market can often push graduates to apply for jobs they are not interested in at all.
So for graduates who want to make an informed decision about what they want to do in the future, several basic steps must be followed:
If you’re a graduate with no idea what you want to do in the workplace, you need to think objectively about what you love doing, and what you are good at. Usually you will find that a combination of these things will help you find your perfect role.
If you love a good gossip and are good at writing, maybe a job with a tabloid magazine would be the best thing for you, or if you love art and are good at leading a team, then maybe an art director in a gallery might suit you.
It is impossible to know what you want to do unless you are given some options. The best way to find out about these options if you are a graduate is to visit your careers councillor or employability centre at your university.
No one will know more about your future options than a careers advisor. They have helped hundreds of students in the same position as you to find the path to their perfect job.
Once you have some vague ideas about the kind of things you might be interested in, try to get some work experience based on what you think you might be interested in.
Even if you are totally sure about what you want to do, it is often difficult to make those kinds of decisions without trying out that sector first.
Most universities host careers fairs regularly, and they usually showcase companies that hire graduates or run graduate training schemes. This could give you an idea of the companies you should think about applying to when the time comes.
A Dose of Reality
The truth is no one really knows what they want to do when they graduate. Finding your dream career is often a hit and miss process, and the graduate who expects to leave university and sail into their perfect job is deluded.
One must remember that finding your dream job is the end result, not the starting point. Furthermore, a graduate will find that, like school, and like university, your job will have some ups and downs. There will be aspects of your job that you love, and aspects that you maybe do not like so much. You will find, however, that it is easy to be happy in a job even if it’s not quite perfect.
For additional information on finding the right career for you, why not check out the links below.
This blog was written by guest blogger, Amy Dobson.