Starting anything is a challenge. Never is this truer than in the world of work. Coming out of education and into work has never been more intimidating. With thousands of graduates clamoring for roles and companies getting more selective about who they take on. It can sometimes be near impossible to decide where even to start. Worry not! As frightening as it may be, here are a few ways to take that first step into your future.
One of the biggest fears coming out of university is where to go next. Finding employment after graduating can be one of the greatest sources of anxiety for any young person. Fortunately, that’s where graduate schemes come in. They provide you with opportunities to transition straight into work. Not only that, but they provide you with opportunities to develop your career within that company. Schemes like the Oracle Class Of program go one step further, providing training and even accommodation.
Use social media
If you know what sector you want to work in, getting involved in that area on social media is a great way to get on Companies’ radars. If companies can see you showing an interest and contributing to the discussion in a meaningful way, they’re likely to remember your name. Nearly half of all business use social media to screen candidates. Having a strong, clean online presence is sure to give you the edge over other graduates.
Finding work can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. The sheer volume of searching applications and revised cover letters can be pretty overwhelming. That’s where recruitment agencies come in. They can help take some of that strain off you. They’re trained to match the best candidates with the best possible jobs. A stellar application and interview will still come down to you, but it’s helpful to have someone else doing some of the legwork for you.
Employers get dozens, if not hundreds, of applications every day. It can be a real challenge to stand out when you’re just one out of so many voices vying for attention. So get creative with your job search. Go further than the regular job sites. Seek out companies that you admire and can see yourself in, and contact them directly. Now, some methods are more off the wall than others. But going out of your way to impress an employer can make all the difference. Instead of just sending a CV and application, why not send an example of the sort of work you’d do for them. Most companies would ask you to do something like that at interview anyway. This way you show understanding, enthusiasm, and initiative.
Taking that first step puts you out into the world is always fraught with worry and risk. But in the end, it’s important to stay focused and never give up on finding that perfect job. It’s out there, you just need to put in the effort to finding it.