From a few workshops and personal experience here is a the summary tips and tricks to instantly improve your employability as a graduate.
Many other graduates have found that opportunities don’t come by often and with the increased number of graduates, there’ll be even fewer in future.
Most students don’t get their dream option at the first attempt. You need to be able to say yes to an opportunity when it appears. Even if it’s not specifically related to your dream job, use it as a stepping stone to get there.
Use Your Weekends Wisely
According to other graduates, taking as many opportunities as you can, especially volunteer work can really set you apart from the competition. If you have spare time on the weekend put down the bottles and cans and get to work on your future.
Work, whether it’s a side job or volunteering, can build useful contacts as evidence for future employers of your commitment and experience.
The Social Media Revolution
If needs be you must purge your social media accounts!
A tip: businesses do look through your social media profiles. Even if you’re a political know-it-all, you never know the position of your future job so it’s best to avoid posting how you the “blues” love the “reds”… just in case.
However, social media can become your most powerful tool. As hinted at throughout my in depth articles on employability, you can design your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn profiles to be a platform of passion for your desired career.
I also found that major companies will start to look deeper into an applicant’s online profile. Therefore, having your own personalised website can direct their search and give a more professional tint to your application.
CV’s Can Be Worth Their Weight in Gold
CV lectures and writing practice will provide you with clarity and greater depth in understanding what is needed to perfect a CV. When I practiced it showed me that being able to assess yourself, analyse your degree skills and have a clear cut plan will help you massively in CV writing.
This will help you further understand the need for targeting your dream job with a well articulated and detailed covering letter. This can tilt the favour of the employer and make them want to read on.
Going to seminars and careers cafes may change your opinion on the number of different jobs a degree in Zoology or Biology and the different paths and routes your learning journey will take you on.
Going to business talks may also help you discover the potential entrpeneurial side to Zoology or Biology for example the Nite-guard product. And on the way businesses perceive science and relevant issues like poverty and health.
As the end of undergraduate life rushes towards you, instead of feeling ambushed by it look forward to the challenges and opportunity that it will hopefully bring.
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