Avoiding Those Post-Graduation Blues

Avoiding Those Post-Graduation Blues

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As you study for your diploma at college, it’s easy to feel like life outside of this exciting and vibrant hub of knowledge simply isn’t worth thinking about.

In the busy world of a campus filled with parties, societies, sports clubs and, every now and again, some actual studying, the all-encompassing adventure of college is part of the fun.

But, despite gaining a lot of experience in their field, a recent poll from consulting firm McKinsey found that more than half of graduates surveyed were in a job that didn’t require a college education, and in 2011 approximately 1.5 million college graduates under the age of 25 were unemployed.

And, you can see why – wrapped up in your studies and that wonderful hubbub of the college lifestyle, time rushes by so fast that, before you know it, you’re outside your campus clutching desperately to your diploma, with not a thought contemplated about your future plans.

But, don’t worry your quivering newly-gradated bones about it – there are ways that you can enhance your employability, and they don’t all centre on your current degree, as valuable as it is.
Here are a few tips that might put that dream post-graduate job within your grasp.

Carry on your education

While the diploma you have will hopefully set you off on the right foot for gainful employment, you can always be building upon your education, perhaps off-setting a non-vocational course such as English or history with something like an online business degree, giving your CV a well-rounded look.

The graduate with a varied skillset will be far more likely to create a better impression with employers, so always consider getting back into education to build towards the job you want.

Establish an internet presence

Never forget – the internet is your friend when it comes to searching for a promising career, and not just because of the numerous employment sites available to you.

If you’re after a creative position, for instance, it’s necessary to maintain a blog that you can regularly update with all of the neat content you make, showcasing your way with words, pizazz with painting or craftiness with, well, craft.

You can now also find many of your favourite companies loitering around Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and, with a little bit of socialising and retweeting, you’ll find it much easier for a business to take notice of you.

The beauty of the internet is that it allows you to be proactive in the search for a job from the comfort of your home, so grab the technological bull by the horns and make yourself known to employers with an appealing and effective online presence.

Get all the experience you can

In the interim between graduating and your perfect job, you’ll find that it’s far too easy to become stuck in a rut.

With that seemingly endless click through employment ads, the interminable application forms and the eventual numbness of rejections by phone, email and post, as though employers are set on denying you gainful employment by every means possible – it’s amazing that some don’t do it with air-drops or semaphore just to disappoint you more creatively– the search for a job can be tiresome, frustrating and disheartening at the best of times.

But, that’s why it’s important to ensure you can continue building up even more relevant experience on top of your degree.

Use whatever free time you have not just to hunt for jobs, but to work away on projects, voluntary jobs and internships that will show that you are actively continuing to make yourself just that little bit more employable.

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