Op-ed

Five ways to get a job after University

Sheharyar Kaleem

 

 

Focus all your energy on achieving it

Employers don’t like vague applications, Pick something that most suits your interests, experience and skills. In applications demonstrate your passion and knowledge for that particular path.” Follow your interests and choose an industry that you are enthusiastic about. It will help you to get the jobs you want and to build a career long-term.”

Don’t think about your first job

Many graduates think their first job will determine their future career path, it won’t. You will change. The world of work will change, so try to think instead about what you’d like to do in the next 12-24 months to make the decision more manageable, don’t be afraid to make mistakes” because developing your career is a continuous process.

Master’s won’t make you more or less employable

Unless your master’s degree is vocational, having that qualification on your CV won’t make you more attractive to employers. The only time a master’s will make you more employable is if it improves your skills and work experience more than a year spent doing something else would, adds Ball.

Take charge of your job search

Start thinking about how to take control of your career development on an ongoing basis – by knowing your skills, values and interests .You need to follow three steps

First, follow industries or fields of work that interest you. Second, proactively search out employers, don’t wait for adverts, or rest on the use of recruitment companies. And third, make contact with people who already do the roles you want.

 Don’t give up on your dream

With high competition for graduate jobs it’s easy to feel disheartened when looking for a job. “You don’t have to give up on your dream job once you’re clear what that is,”But it is worth thinking about what skills and experience you need for that job.

 

The writer is Human Resources & Administration Manager

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