Written by Sophie Down | April 14, 2015
Making the move from being a full-time student to a full-time employee can be a difficult one, for many reasons. In fact, according to recent survey findings by Work Ready Graduates, less than half said they felt prepared for the working world. It helps to know where to start if you are about to graduate, so here Webrecruit covers a number of essential tips which aim to make the transition that much easier.
1. Spend Time on Your CV
There is no such thing as the perfect CV, but it’s important for yours to stand out. Your application will get noticed as long as it is tailored to the role that you are applying for. As June comes around, there will be thousands of other graduates in the same situation, so make sure your CV is the best it can be.
You can view some great tips for your graduate CV, here.
2. Practice Interview Questions
If interviews aren’t something that you are particularly familiar with, then regularly practising questions can be a way to help you know what to expect.
3. Use Career Services
Use the career services that are available to you. The majority of universities will have a careers office, where you can go to speak to advisors that can help you with your next steps. This service can help you with a variety of aspects, from writing cover letters to searching for available jobs.
4. Do Your Research
If there is a particular industry you are looking to get into, do your research. It helps to know what employers are looking for, if you are set on a specific career path. However, it’s important to remember, a degree doesn’t guarantee you a job, and there will be high competition when you graduate.
5. Find Confidence
Be aware of, but ignore negative headlines about graduates who aren’t able to find jobs. There are jobs available for graduates, and the sooner you start your search, the sooner you will find out about the vacancies in your area.
6. Think Beyond the Graduate Schemes
There are a variety of graduate schemes with great companies, but remember that these aren’t your only options. There are jobs available with smaller organisations, which can give you just as much experience and sometimes even more room for progression.
7. Plan Your Job Search
Set out a plan for your job hunt, to make the most out of your search. Ensure that you don’t end up submitting a thousand applications without tailoring them or putting time to each one. Identify your searching methods, and set yourself a weekly plan with goals.
If you haven’t heard back from anyone, review what you are doing and look at how you can improve the process of applying.
8. Speak to Others
It can help to speak to people around you, for a number of reasons. They can be an extra pair of eyes for you if you are looking for work, inform you on what it’s like to work full-time, and can also give valuable advice on your career options.
Networking is also a great way to expand your contacts to develop your career, find out more in our 10 Reasons Why You Should Network blog.
9. Focus on Your Strengths
The attributes you display outside of your subject knowledge and interests will play a key part in your working life. These include time management, organisation, and your ability to work with, and alongside, others.
10. Any Experience is Good Experience
If you have had summer work, or part-time jobs, this is all experience. What is important is to make it sound as relevant as possible for the job that you are looking to apply for.
Finally, don’t let job searching get in the way of your revision – as a final year undergraduate, your exams are a priority at this time. Also, remember to celebrate afterwards!
When it comes to preparing for life after university, look to utilise the resources that are available to you, whether it’s people, social media, or the careers office at your university – all of these can bring value to your move into the working world.