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Job Opportunities After University

| October 13, 2011 | 3 Comments

Leaving university and entering the workplace can be very challenging at first, especially if you have been fortunate enough not to have had to work at a part-time job while studying.  Regardless of your chosen field, there are a few things that will help you make the transition from student to worker more smoothly.

Experience

Experience is king (or queen) when it comes to finding the job of your dreams, and when you first leave university you should consider taking any job for any amount that you can get.  This may not sound ideal, but it shows prospective employers in your field that you are willing to work and do what it takes to make yourself are a success.  Employers don’t want to see large sections of empty time on your CV – they want to know that you will put in the effort when required.  You will also gain invaluable experience working in the ‘real world’.

Once you have taken a job, you should be prepared to do any work that is asked of you.  Gaining practical experience and building up that CV is what it is all about at this stage.  The chances are your dream job will not be waiting there for you the minute you finish your course, so you want to make sure you are in the best position possible when it does present itself.

Be Proactive

Apply, apply, apply.  Apply for everything and don’t stop until you get something.  Once you have gotten a job, keep looking for something better.  You should also think about volunteering.  You might turn your nose up at the thought of working without pay, but it is far better than sitting at home playing video games hoping that the perfect employer will realise how amazing you are even though your CV is filled with nothing but blank space.  Don’t be proud – get yourself out there and make it happen.  Once you have got a job, even if you hate it, be the perfect employee.  Don’t create waves; smile, nod and do what is asked of you.  It will be worth it in the end, when you eventually transition to the job of your dreams.

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