There is nothing more nerve racking then thinking… where do I go next?
The daily hustle and bustle of university life is now over, you have partied your way through university, deprived yourself of sleep for the entirety of your third year to perfect that dissertation. And now it has come to an end and everyone is leaving in their different directions including yourself. But are you ready?
See some people are very organised and have been waiting for this moment all their lives. Some people decide to travel the world. The rest, well the rest just didn’t quite prepare enough and got so caught up that now they are just ‘stuck’. Now this is not reason to panic, opportunities are everywhere and you just have to motivate yourself to find the one fit for you. There is no point lounging about and dwelling in your own state of boredom when there are so many services available for you to use.
This could be a case of utilising all the job search websites throughout the internet such as ‘milkround.com’ or ‘totaljobs.com’, these can be filtered down to specific locations and keywords associated with your desired career. Most importantly on this point is to log your applications with vital information so you aren’t dumbfounded when they contact you and avoid the fatal error of repeat applications which can quite easily occur when using multiple resources. Logging this can be as simple as using a table on excel with traffic light colour coding for various stages of progression.
Attend career fairs with your CV at hand to at least appear prepared, and don’t be surprised if they decide to go into interview there and then. It’s all about making an impression and being able to explore your options at these career fairs. See a company of organisation you haven’t considered before? Don’t be afraid or discerned from just hearing them out, they could surprise you.
During the meantime, look into part-time or voluntary work which will continuously develop skills made relevant to your chosen career or just massively increase your confidence and knowledge in a prospect. Some of these skills can be developed through tutorials and training provided online focusing on areas in IT, for example you might be intrigued by dabbling into coding or just keep it simple and necessary with excel skills.
You are no stranger to study, sit yourself back down at your desk and imagine job hunting is an exam and you are sitting it tomorrow as quite frankly this is one of the most important exams you will sit leading onto the rest of your professional career.
By Jessica Noble