graduate job

The daunting task of finishing university study and being forced to find a ‘real’ job in the big wide world would easily be one of the scarier experiences in a young person’s life. Gone are the days of partying on week nights, arvo bevvies at the uni pub after a long and arduous five hours of class, bantering with a mate in the back of a classroom or tailoring your timetable to suit your sleeping patterns or extra-curricular activities. At the same time, however, so too passed are the days of severe student poverty, juggling part time jobs, class, assessments and other obligations all at once and the guilt associated with relaxing and doing nothing or going for a trip on weekends. Regardless of whether you see waving goodbye to your student life as a nostalgic, difficult process, or a long-awaited, exciting advancement, there is no denying that it is a big deal and has huge repercussions on determining the direction and outcomes of your career.

So what are the best ways to ensure you actually utilise your degree and get yourself a job that is relevant to your study and which suits your skillset?

Uni Careers Centre

Universities generally have a careers centre, website or department at your disposal to help students gain experience and acquire a graduate position. These systems are in place for a reason, and it would be foolhardy not to take advantage of them. University personell have great connections with people in a variety of industries and if you show interest in a particular position or field, they would be more than happy to (do their job and) help you out. Job postings on your university website are also a great way to search for specific jobs that are suited to you and find a graduate job which is looking for applicants with your knowledge base, live in your area and require your particular skills.

Online Job Advertisements

In line with the university  careers website, online advertisements for a graduate job that is tailored to certain preferences and specifications is a fantastic, and probably the primary way people find positions after completing their degree. Sites such as Seek, Graduate Jobs, Job and even Gumtree are great ways to search for a specific position that will be perfect for you.

Networking

Any professional, manager, careers expert or other will always simply stress the importance of networking, networking, networking. Obviously more vital in some industries than others, networking is still the key stepping stone to ensuring that you get your name out there and make a good impression on companies and employers before even looking for a graduate job. Make the most of university groups and societies and any networking nights where you can meet industry professionals and try to get a foot in the door. Also look out for groups outside of your university which meet and give students opportunities to be introduced to potential future employers.

Experience and Internships

Sorry if it’s already too late and you’ve recently completed your studies and are looking for a graduate job. But if you’re still in the middle of your study and are trying to prepare yourself for the formidable time upon which you are thrown out of the comfort of university, than make sure you commit to gaining experience, whether it be through part-time jobs, internships or casual, short-term opportunities that arise. Many employers will look at a resume covered with only high distinctions and incredible academic achievement and simply throw it in the bin without a second thought. Of course marks are imperative when it comes to finding a job, however, they are often totally redundant when not paired with any extra experience or internships in the field. This demonstrates that you may not be passionate for a particular role or not even be sure if that is definitely the path you wish to pursue. Moreover, a graduate with mountains of hands on, relevant experience in their chosen field will slip in much more easily to a company and require less training or effort on the firm’s behalf. So the lesson here is, no matter how early on in your degree you are, how time-poor or just plain poor, it is absolutely crucial that you have experience to your name rather than just dive bombing straight in to the deep end and drowning under the pressure of unpreparedness and inexperience.

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