How best to prepare yourself for life beyond university

How best to prepare yourself for life beyond university

Although the number of people being accepted to universities this year fell 2% to 416,000, there are still a large number of young people who are choosing to attend in an attempt to create a better future for themselves. This large uptake means that many people are now graduating with similar qualifications and competition for jobs is heating up as it becomes harder to distinguish between who the ideal candidates are.

So what can you do to increase your chances of landing your dream job?

I believe that you can start to lay the foundations throughout your three short university years. Listed below are 6 top tips to help you get off the mark.

1. Ask for help.


Utilise the resources you have available whilst at university, be that tutors, lecturers or even a friend, the careers service can help with your job search or just look over your CV. Think about attending those employment events you’d normally ignore because you just don’t know who you could end up meeting.

2. Think outside the box

Jobsites are great, but a personalised outreach which shows how you could help their business and any ideas you have are even better.

3. Treat your job search like a job

Spend time on your application, it’s painfully obvious to an employer when you have just copied and pasted the same covering letter. This is a role you could be in for the next few years of your life, surely a couple of hours spent on the application is worthwhile?

4. Keep re-evaluating

Don’t be single minded and don’t be afraid of keeping the job search broad. It would be a shame to just focus on the ‘dream job’ and let lots of ‘really great jobs’ pass you by.

5. Think positive

The job hunt is notoriously painstaking and can be a long process. Don’t let this get you down, there are plenty of great opportunities out there and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

6. Chill out

Think about the whole process rationally and don’t allow your emotions to get on top of you. Just because you haven’t reached the pinnacle of your career 3 months after graduation does not mean that you never will.

Try and find a job or part time work, the more relevant to the area you want to go in to, the better! If times isn’t on your side, look for a placement/work experience/internship, these can often be completed at times which suit you and can last for shorter time frames. Staying at uni for a month or two after your last exams and gain some work experience is also an option, or go back home and get a summer internship which seem to be increasing in popularity year on year. Experience you gain when young can prove invaluable and can also help you to realise if the field you’re interested in is right for you.

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