Exams over, excitement of graduation ditto. Diploma in the bag, but no job in prospect? Welcome to the club. Grad Club. Aimed at our graduates so they can use our services for 2 years after graduation.
Whether you have a job, but might need help with an application or interview should you decide to apply for something better next year…
or whether you’ve left uni without a clear path in mind and would like assistance moving forward, sign up now. Best of all it’s free for a limited time for QM students – just use the promotional code QM2013UL. See more at www.gradclub.co.uk
One recent graduate confessed to me that when the degree ceremony finished, she hoped that a job would drop into her hands, neatly wrapped in bright red ribbon: wishful thinking that’s all too common. Sorry folks. Reality strikes. There is no Santa Claus; the Easter Bunny is a myth; opportunities do not materialise at the wave of a wand. Use the JK Rowling approach to your job seeking – try, and if you are rejected, try again and again until you succeed.
This might be a long haul: your mates with jobs secured or in prospect probably applied 6 – 9 months ago. It could take you the same amount of time to strike graduate gold. So start now. Last week I bloggeed about job seeking for beginners – tips to get you started or inspire you to consider new ways of finding opportunities.
Meantime, seize a stopgap – work in a shop, office, café, bar, whatever. It will give you brass in pocket and time in hand. You are not alone – many graduates temp for a living straight after leaving their course. Want proof? See our recent blog post about holding out for the perfect job.
If jobs are in short supply or you need relevant experience, volunteer. In terms of time, this needn’t take more than a day, an evening or an hour a week. In terms of a boost to your morale and your CV, it’s incalculable.
No job now does not mean no job ever. There’s something with your name on it out there right now. But it’s not going to come and find you: get up, get out and get searching.