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The gateway to your future
You are a recent graduate scouring the graduate jobs section across all available newspapers. You’re registered with numerous job sites and awaiting their alerts as new jobs are posted. You’ve been to a few job interviews but frustratingly been unsuccessful due to ‘lack of relevant experience’.
You’ve just spent the last few years wearing what ever you want, when ever you want. In fact much of the time you’ve been doing what ever you want. Now, things will have to change if you are to start a prosperous career. Graduate jobs are highly competitive. You need to do everything you can to give you the advantage
There’s an abundance on advice on the internet now covering techniques and tricks to try at interviews in pursuit of those elusive graduate jobs. But in practise, it may not come down to skills and experience in determining who actually gets that job.
When you finally graduate and start looking through pages and pages of graduate jobs on the internet, you may feel like you’re a pretty experienced character. I know I felt like I’ve lived an entire life that I didn’t even know existed after my 3 years in student heaven.
I’ve seen opinions fluctuate over the years on the subject of travelling. Certainly 10-15 years ago it was seen as a bit of ‘hippy’ thing to do, almost irresponsible. After investing tax payers money in your degree, you should repay the investment by going out after top graduate jobs in blue chip companies.
You’ve just graduated and breathed a sigh of relief. All that stress of exams, wouldn’t want that again in hurry! Just when you thought you could relax, now you find yourself in graduate job interviews and the nerves couldn’t be worse. Your whole future lies within an hour long interview where they could trip you up with any question they please…..
When you first graduate and start selecting graduate jobs to apply for, you may not be prepared for what lies ahead. Unless you're either very lucky, or exceptionally gifted, it's unlikely that you will apply for just one job and receive a job offer after your first interview process.
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘your future starts here!’? Well it’s not a bad one when considering your future career as a graduate. Too many graduates finish their degree and begin interviewing for jobs with a kind of ‘well I’ll go and have a look and see what I think’ mentality to their first job interviews.
At any level of recruitment we see two approaches to selecting which graduate vacancies to select and indeed how selective you should be. I am referring in this article to the scenario when the candidate concerned is out of work, perhaps a graduate seeking their first job or a more experienced person who has lost their job and now needs to find new roles.
I graduated over 15 years ago. At that time, in the final year one would reluctantly begin to think about the future and the world of work. Although there was an element of elitism in the world of graduate jobs in the form of the Milkround.
It happens so often these days, a law is changed to solve one problem only to create others. Recent changes in employment law clearly state that employers cannot discriminate for age. The law has aimed to tackle perceived 'ageism', and in particular discrimination against people in the latter stages of their working career, but this may impact on graduate recruitment schemes.
I went to University from 1998 to 1991. I was lucky enough to receive one of the last few student grants at a time when the funding was shifting from grants to loans. Since then the reliance on student loans has increased dramatically, with over 2 million people currently possessing a live student loan. What is particularly alarming is the size of the debt that many students looking for graduate jobs with figures in excess of £20,000 not uncommon.
When you've just spent the last three years fine tuning your drinking skills alongside your sporting prowess, punctuating both with your favourite selection from day time television, the world of the professional work place couldn't seem further away. Graduate jobs require responsibility, good time keeping, a strong and reliable work ethic. In return you will be within arm's length of a healthy salary and all that this can bring, home ownership, foreign holidays and membership of the posh health club down the road.
There's and old saying that old habits may be hard to break. In the case of graduates this can be a problems when approaching your first jobs on the other side of your degree. Student habits can be legendary, but beware as many of these habits become so part of your nature that your unaware that they are there, even when they are wholly unsuitable for the graduate jobs environment.
Jobs boards offer far more to graduates than just a list of job vacancies and a selection of graduate recruitment agencies. Used properly a good jobs board should be able to pro-actively work for you to find suitable jobs and alert you to them, as well as providing a wealth of resources and information to help with your pursuit of that perfect job.
We can all remember the teacher's pet in school, or the guy that always turned up first to every lecture and University and took up his seat bat the front. Once you are into graduate jobs, you will also see people who appear to mingle more overtly with 'the management'. Due to our earlier experiences in such as school and University, this is often frowned upon as a bit 'them and us'.
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To have a chance of filling one of the graduate vacancies or stand a chance of being the next graduate recruit, you will need to adjust your student sleep patterns.
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