Why Getting A Graduate Job Isn't Hard

I am more than confident in saying that, for the vast majority of people reading this, getting your first graduate job/internship won’t be hard - now hear me out.

What is hard however is:

a) figuring out what you want to do in life

b) knowing how to apply yourself in:

  • ● the initial application process
  • ● the interview stages
Finding a job seems difficult because you don’t have any framework or any reference on how you should get a job. At the end of university there is no answer, no set path, no yellow brick road. You leave graduation, hand back your gown to Rent-a-Rip-Off, grab your certificate and begin your passage into the ‘real world’.

What you need my friend, is a framework…

● A bit of context

Throughout your education, (regardless of whether you were a straight A* student or someone like me who didn’t exactly set the world of education alight) you had it pretty easy. In short, you always had a framework for success.

● The tricky bit

The problem is, there’s no set way to get a graduate job! So what do you do now?

There are probably a few jammy people you know who have managed to land a job and they've filled you with bloody FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). One of these jammy friends is going to be a big shot lawyer and the other is going to be a Management Consultant. You’re not sure what a Management Consultant is but it has the word consultant in it, and the starting salary is £33,000 and you like the sound of that.

Now this is the tricky bit, you can’t let FOMO drag you down a path which isn’t yours. Your jammy friends aren't actually jammy, they've just managed to figure out their ‘framework’ earlier than you. This isn't a problem; they aren't beating you in any kind of life success race. Relax!

● The framework

Now, as a little disclaimer, I have to say this isn’t a fool proof solution - the onus will always be on you, the job-seeker. No one is going to make it easy for you, the same way in which getting your A levels and getting your degree wasn’t easy. You’ll also be happy to learn that getting promoted and moving on from your first job is equally challenging - so you’ve got loads to look forward to… :)

Creating your framework

Creating a framework basically entails 1) figuring out what you want to do in life and 2) carrying out some research.

1. Figuring out what you want to do in life...

Firstly if you think you do know what you want to do then please make sure you can answer yes to all these questions.

●  Do you know why you want to do it?

● Have you made this decision on your own? (i.e. haven't let an external pressure/person make this decision for you)

  Are you sure your parents/FOMO aren’t making this decision for you.

  Do you know specifically what you want to do? (i.e. if you’re thinking of Accountancy do you want to be an Auditor or a Tax Specialist)

If you answered yes to any of these questions then please proceed to part 2.

If you’re like most people and don’t know what you want to do in life then here are a few questions you need to ask yourself which should identify your priorities. 

1. What motivates you: money, success, satisfaction etc. 

2. Do you need a carefully laid out career path or are you happy to see what happens?

3. Is anyone applying external pressure to your job search?

4. Where do you want to work? Location is an important factor especially if you value being near friends/family highly on your list.

5. What kind of people do you want to be working with? This is super important, the people you work with every day will as a whole determine how much you enjoy your job.

6. Do you want a 9-5? If you value money highly then you probably won’t be able to work 9-5. Think more like 8am-8pm.

Hopefully you now have an idea of the questions you need to ask yourself. Now go and use Google and do some research. Look at different industries, companies and job roles out there and match them to your priorities that you’ve just thought about above. You’ve now got an idea as to what you want out of life and your job, so get out there and start looking! Opportunities won’t just land on your lap.

PART 2. Applying yourself practically...

Right, so you’ve built your framework. You know what you want to do. You know lots about the industry you want to work in. You know who all the big players (companies, not pimps) in that industry are.

Now it’s time to apply yourself to your framework!

First step? Register with GradTouch, let us know what you're interested in and we'll help you find something you are suited to!

I hope this helps. If you genuinely are stuck in a rut though then please just pick up the phone and call me on 0161 236 2932. Calls are charged at £10 per minute.


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