What are my recruitment choices after graduating?

Your first job. Three words which conjure wonder, elation and just plain terror. Fortunately your first time speaking with a recruitment agent won’t be so bad, but think about all those other ‘first’s which probably don’t seem so terrible now:

  • Your first date
  • Your first day at university
  • Your first holiday alone
  • Your first time writing a blog post that you hope somebody will read and appreciate!

Alright, so that last is mine. Those feelings of anxiety will always come around because ‘there is always a first time for everything’.

Graduating is the beginning of something new that will further define and mould you.

When I first finished my degree I knew it was time to think about my future and what I really wanted.

It was time to be an adult.

I had a degree but I didn’t really know where to start or what my choices were. I don’t want you to go through the same, so here I share what I decided to do:

MORE STUDYING BEFORE RECRUITMENT?

The job market is competitive and, because we are a recruitment agency, we know companies do hire employees with a master’s degree. But in saying that, there are also a lot of managers who agree that a piece of paper is not always what matters. For them, a good attitude, initiative and commitment are point winning traits.

Ben Reeves, head of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) told the Financial Review that “Leadership, communication skills, problem solving and customer service are some of the attributes that employers look when recruiting graduates.”

Which takes us to the next point.


BUILD UP YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE

Here is where you realise that doing an internship, volunteer work or extracurricular activities is what will give you those attributes. Just try not to wait until you finish university.

Mike Casey, director of GrandConnection, said in an article written by The Sydney Morning Herald that “A few alarm bells go off when employers look at someone who gets high distinctions on their transcript, but doesn’t have any form of work experience.”

Whatever you do, it will demonstrate that you can manage to work while you are studying, which translates into good management skills, responsibility and initiative.


GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Everyone loves travelling. It helps to understand how cultures and businesses around the world work. Travelling will definitely help to get you out of your comfort zone and take you to new horizons. And let’s be honest… iT’s also a good excuse to visit cool places!

Krystle Jane, graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, told the Sydney Morning Herald in the same article mentioned before, that this “gives you new perspectives and experiences that many students haven’t had yet, which really translates well into the industry.”

Employers appreciate the value of young people who travel. It demonstrates a wider perspective on the world. A willingness to take a challenge and follow it through. A desire to grow. You can’t always get that working year-on-year behind the same desk.


JOB HUNTING

When you look for jobs, make sure to carefully analyse the details. If they ask for a couple years experience but you truly believe you are capable of filling that role, then go for it! Call out your lack of experience but talk about your thirst to learn and impress. Hunger is a powerful driver and employers know that experience alone doesn’t equal a good employee.

Hunger is a powerful driver and employers know that experience alone doesn’t equal a good employee. Research the role and the company, it’ll give you vital information but also show how determined you are.

Remember you also have options, you can apply on your own but nothing compares to seeking help from a recruitment agency. It’ll help you find roles not listed on typical online job websites. They will also provide invaluable insight about the working environment, as well as the people and culture.

Remember that there is no failure. The failure is not putting yourself out there.



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