Something a little different on the blog today, but very relevant. I’ve teamed up with Spotlight Recruitment to talk about the worries of university and 5 tips to survive the last months and get your dream job.
Now for the past few weeks you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do. University obviously has to come first but there’s no point denying it that, when I do leave – I’ll be dreading trying to find the ‘dream‘ job.
For most of all you third years, you’ll be panicking about your dissertation (I sure am) and making sure these last module marks are perfect. But do any of us have an idea of what we want to do after?
As soon as we leave whether you want a break (I know most of us will need it), do some work experience or head straight into a career, the task of finding the perfect platform can be difficult. Even myself still have doubts of exactly what to do, and for a northern girl, all the amazing job opportunities are hours away in London.
But today lets feel empowered, that no matter what we do after university – we all have a different path and lets just see where it takes us.
Spotlight Recruitment are a specialist marketing recruiter, for students who have studied marketing or media like me, this is a perfect website to just submit your CV and find jobs suited for graduates. Here are their tips and advice:
Don’t follow the herd
Leaving the structure of academia can be terrifying. It can be tempting to look at what the people around you are doing and follow suit. Stop right there. Everyone is different and you don’t want to be dissatisfied further down the line, so make sure to research different career options so you can find something that is right for you.
Upon graduation, most university leavers will flock towards the big graduate schemes. Many graduates have a great experience of these schemes, however they only cover a narrow range of careers and aren’t for everyone. So think outside of the box and look at the roles on offer at small and medium companies, and you may be pleasantly surprised!
Research the industry
Once you have decided which route you want to go down, it’s a good idea to research the industry. Get an idea of the different roles on offer and what they entail, as this can vary massively even in the same industry! Keep up to date with the latest industry news and trends by reading relevant blogs and news sites, so you can outshine the competition when you get to the interview.
Apply for internships
Sadly, the graduate job market is so competitive that you are unlikely to secure a full time paid position without some work experience under your belt. If you weren’t organised enough to do this during your university holidays (and let’s face it, most of us weren’t!), try and line something up for when you graduate. Search job boards and specialist internship websites, or use contacts if you have them!
Enjoy your last few months at university!
Although the last few months of university can be stressful with exams and the job hunt looming, don’t forget this is the last chance you will get to be a student so enjoy it! This is the only time you can go out on a Wednesday and not have a 6am start for work the next day, or spend time with your university friends who live 10 minutes away before you all scatter, so make the most of it.
I couldn’t agree any more with these, I’ve been fortunate to gain fair experience while at university but I do feel like I need to do a couple more placements before applying. It’s crazy how I’ve only got a couple of months of left and three years of university is over.
Thanks to Spotlight Recruitment for providing me with such good advice and tips that will help me and hopefully any of you lot reading it. Do you have a plan after university? Did you find these helpful?
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