Attending university can be fantastic. You get to study a subject you are interested in, meet new friends and build relationships and at the end of it you achieve a degree. But the most difficult thing about University is what happens after you leave. Making the transition into a full time job can be time consuming, bewildering and quite stressful.
In some respects you are contained in your own ‘bubble’ throughout University life. You work when you want to work, you heavily socialise mid-week and you are surrounded by people who share the same goals and aspirations as you.
And so when you first think about creating your CV template and sending it out to employers after University it can be pretty daunting. Most students will find their industry is competitive, the job market is tight and leaving the lectures and studying behind can be more difficult than it first appears.
If you are a student on the verge of looking for a job and starting full time employment here are some tips to consider;
- Create a professional CV. Ensure that you add all of the relevant information from University including any extra-curricular activity you have done and any projects you have worked on.
- Work on writing a cover letter for a number of companies you would like to work for. This will give you experience in the job application process and might help you to narrow down what kind of job you would like.
- Remember that timings can be different – full time employment will most likely require you to work 9-5pm and this might be different to when you were a student!
- Be prepared for rejection. One of the most difficult things when leaving University is realising that getting the job you want can take a lot of time. It can be frustrating that you have been working for a degree and can’t use it as soon as you leave but be patient. Specific industries are very competitive and it may take some work experience or multiple applications to get the role you want.
- Depending on your chosen degree you may need to consider internships or low-paid roles. For instance, if you have a media degree you may need to work in a role like this for a year to gain some experience and to help you break into the industry.
- Network. You would have met some interesting people at University including lecturers – ensure you keep in contact as they could help you find employment in the future.