Many students start to stress towards the end of their academic career about finding work. That is understandable – so much pressure is put on students, socially, to excel at work the moment they leave higher education. The truth is, for most people there is no real rush. You may well need a job straight away to pay the bills, yes. But that dream job which you studied for years towards won’t necessarily just appear straight away – and that’s okay! If you are coming towards the end of your time at university, chances are you are starting to wonder about the world of work. Some of you may never have had any job at all! That’s okay. No matter what position you are in, you can find satisfying work without too much hassle. Let’s have a brief look at some of the best ways to look for your dream job.
To a lot of people, networking can seem like quite a dirty word. However, when it comes to getting your name out there, there is nothing which quite beats it. Getting to know the people who might be able to hire you is an obvious important step for any graduate. How and where you will network depends to a large extent on what area of work you are hoping to get into. One easy way to get in with the right people is through your tutors. If you have a good relationship with one of your tutors who works in that particular field, ask them if they know of anybody. Or, you could just ask them for advice. Chances are, they have a wealth of knowledge about it.
Arguably the best place to go looking for work as a new graduate is online. The breadth of the Internet means that it is an invaluable resource for any endeavour – and that includes looking for work. However, it is not only positive – and there are certain things you would do well to look out for. It is a good idea to take anything you read online with a pinch of salt. This is particularly true if you are seeking work on online marketplaces or social media. Again, these can be really useful places, but you can’t always be sure of the validity of a source. No job search would be complete without using the Internet – but by the same token, it is not enough on its own.
Somewhere you are likely to have a higher success rate is with a recruitment agency. These are professionals who are dedicated to helping you find a job. Most of the time, they can help with every aspect of the job-hunting process. That means they can provide assistance with things like polishing your CV or working on your interview skills. However, they are also simply a great source of varied work.
Finally, it is always worth getting out into your local community and simply asking around. Talk to people, including people you normally wouldn’t talk to. You will be amazed at how helpful strangers can be! Also make sure that you check local newspapers; these are often invaluable sources for finding work.