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Graduate jobs: Starting your search early and staying motivated

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Have you just begun your final year of university? Do you know what kind of industry you want to break into for your professional career once your studies conclude, but feel as though your lack of experience will make things difficult? If you find yourself in this predicament, you needn’t worry. In fact, you can take advantage of the many benefits that graduate jobs offer .

Whether your education is rooted in a science or humanity course, you’ll find that many companies and organisations in the UK offer graduate work schemes in which you will be afforded the chance to have on the job training. While you may not find the best salaries waiting for you in a graduate role, you will certainly find an experience that is paramount to anything else.

Aside from getting the chance to work with other university leavers, you will get the opportunity to gather a comprehensive experience of what it is like to work inside a certain organisation. Usually, these schemes provide you with several different tasks and responsibilities to see where you best fit within the organisation once you have completed your first year as a trainee.

Even if you are not looking to stay at the company for more than one year, you will find that the skills you obtain in these roles will not only look outstanding on your CV, but will also give you the skills you need to move forward within a new role at a different organisation.

Graduate roles are not always easy to secure and recruiters want the best of the best as they will be investing a lot of time and effort in their graduate workers. There are more students finishing university each year in the UK than there are available trainee roles, so of course this might leave you in a place where you ought to consider other options.

We’ve all heard it before; applying to find a full time, permanent job is a job in itself. Given the economical climate today, it is taking everyone, not just graduates, much longer to find work than before.

While this may be discouraging and can make the job hunt feel endless at times, it’s critical to remain positive and keep on moving forward and putting yourself out there by continuing to apply to more roles.

If you’ve already graduated and you’re having trouble finding a permanent role, it’s a good idea to keep yourself busy during the interim period by taking on part time jobs.

Part time roles provide a good way to earn some extra cash that will hold you over while you continue to look through your options further. Additionally, this will show employers that you are proactive during your search.

If you find that you’ve been in tandem for a while and you aren’t receiving the feedback you’d like to hear, you may want to revisit your CV and see if it can be improved upon.

It’s a good idea to share your CV with someone at the career services office of your university, as they will be able to tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your CV, which can only help you to improve upon it. Furthermore, if you know someone who works in the industry you want to get into, it’s a good idea to let them have a look as well.

Search engines can also be used to your advantage in this situation if you want to look up examples of successful CVs. In fact, you’ll find many job comparison sites that focus strictly on roles for graduates. You will also find several of these services offer 'CV builder' applications to help you design a document that will present you in a positive way.

Make sure that everything is up to date and don’t be shy to sing your own praises. This is your chance to show that you are someone worth investing in and if it comes across on your CV that you are confident in your abilities, then employers will pick up on it and will be more likely to contact you.

There are many ways to put yourself out there and in the beginning you will have to be willing to invest a great level of commitment to finding a job. Be sure to utilise your initial network and make use of any contacts you might have.

Go to events at your university like job fairs or recruitment days and be sure to put yourself out there and see which companies are looking to hire graduates. This will give you the chance to become aware of which businesses in the UK actively recruit graduates for trainee schemes.

Research companies you are interested in by visiting their websites and submit your applications early on so that you will be able to be ahead of the game. Also, make sure to take advantage of the many job comparison websites available as they will open your eyes to the fact that there is a good number of job openings in the UK including roles in finance, IT jobs and almost everything in between.

Yes, it is quite a tough job market to get into as a graduate and it may feel like a scary time to think of the uncertainty that will follow upon the end of your course, but by beginning your job search early on you will put yourself in a much stronger position for the future.

Whatever field you are looking to tap into, the greatest advice is to not to leave things to the last minute. Of course, you will want to enjoy your last bit of time as a student before you enter the work world, but it is imperative to take your job hunt seriously and make that a priority.

Remember to have patience and to keep an open mind and strong will during your job search, and in due time things will fall into place.

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