“Progress steadily” are some words that come to mind when planning ahead in the job market. Make steady progress every day towards finding that perfect job is advice worth keeping in mind.
Graduate unemployment is an issue that continues to come up over and over again. Isn’t a degree supposed to be a stepping stone to a well-paid job? According to a news report, in 2015, 23% of jobless youth were graduates. Research showed that there had been over a million enrolments in public and private universities over the last two decades, 80,000 were overseas students.
Findings also showed that graduates lacked in soft skills sought by employers, which could be one of the main reasons a job application isn’t followed through. The culture for a long time has emphasised the need to obtain good grades and work hard. University has always been deemed as a fantastic place to excel, and it has become a popular trend among the younger generation.
However, practical approaches are necessary to build on interpersonal skills through teamwork, communication and leadership abilities, all essential in a working environment. Such skills can be learnt through an internship for example. Internships offer graduates a great chance to gain real experience on the dynamics of a prospective career path. The exposure given is so valuable and crucial, it can really make a difference to what a candidate can offer to a company/larger organisation.
Universities vary – some make it an obligation for students to find an internship and some don’t. Finding an opportunity to work for a company either through work experience or via an internship is a great place to start getting noticed. It gives a person a taste of the real working environment and what the expectations would be if you were to be employed there full-time.
Remember, don’t panic. You may not know how you will get there yet but just know that you will find the way. As long as you make small steps, daily, and progress steadily that is what makes the difference.
Make sure that you invest a lot of time into yourself to build on your skillset and stand out against other candidates applying for the same job.
Written by Gemma Smith