16 Things You Learned The Hard Way When Hunting For Your First Graduate Job
Finding your first job after graduation can be tough, especially if you’re not sure what you want to do in life. You’ll probably come to some painful realisations along the way, but you definitely won’t be the only one.
1. That this really is the end of life as you know it.
2. And that you’re also not ready for this new life. At all.
3. That university didn’t *quite* prepare you the graduate job hunt.
4. And that being a graduate alone doesn’t necessarily qualify you for a graduate job.
“So, you’re looking for a graduate who also has 3 years experience in a similar role? That…doesn’t sound right.”
5. You have no idea how to sound professional but also “be yourself”.
You re-read everything you write thinking “does that sound like something an adult would say?”
6. And your parents have no real idea how competitive the graduate job market is these days.
“Have you got a job yet?” 🙂 “How many have jobs have you applied to?” 🙂 “You have told them you have a degree, haven’t you?” 🙂
7. That looking for a job is a full-time job in itself.
But one you’re definitely not getting paid for.
8. And writing a cover letter is almost as distressing as writing a dissertation.
What are you meant to babble on about?
9. It’s impossible to know how honest you should be with your employer.
“Maybe they’ll admire the audacity…”
10. Nor how keen is too keen.
11. That no matter how confident you are about an application, rejection is always a possibility.
12. And that it gets harder to take every time.
13. Hearing you have an interview is sometimes more nerve-wracking than rejection.
14. And makes you doubt whether you actually just want to go back to uni again.
15. That your job expectations probably have to be lowered quite significantly.
It’s unlikely you’ll be paying that student loan back any time soon.