6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Having a Stopgap Job
In the final year of university you’ll probably feel the pressure to get the ‘dream job’ after you finish: the job that is the envy of all other graduates against whom you fought a bloody battle of aptitude tests and intimidating interviews. Some students throw themselves into the job hunt, putting themselves out there courageously; refusal to return to the familial nest provides them with an unrelenting determination to find a job: Start Date immediate.
If, however, you can tolerate your parents once more, you might be able to make the whole process of getting into the workplace a little less stressful if you take the Stopgap route. If you missed the boat on schemes or simply don’t want to be bogged down by their lengthy application processes, a stopgap is an alternative that isn’t as bad as it may sound…
1. You’ll finally have some money again.
At the end of the day, you’ve most likely graduated in the minus figures so every little helps. Where it comes from is irrelevant, you’ve earned it so enjoy it.
2. It will keep you from boredom.
If your friends A) graduated before you or B) have managed to begin their climb on the career ladder, you might find yourself with time on your hands during the week so a Stopgap job is an ideal way to banish the boredom blues.
3. It’s a good way to make new friends.
If you do find that your friends have moved away because they have had the good fortune to find a graduate job in the big city, a Stopgap job could be your way into a new social circle. Working and socialising with the same group of people means you’ll be on a similar timetable so you won’t necessarily have to subscribe to the #livingfortheweekends feeling just because your other friends do.
4. It will ease you into the working lifestyle.
There are no two ways about it, the early starts and late nights of a graduate job will be an enormous body shock after three years of hitting the ‘snooze’ button. A Stopgap job might just be the perfect way to begin the body clock adjustments, getting you used to the R-word – routine.
5. It will help pad out your CV.
Of course this element is slightly dependent on what you choose to do, however, it is more than likely that you will gain some useful skills, from customer service to administration. A Stopgap job is the ideal place to consolidate basic life skills, fundamental to working life in the future. Taking orders, being a team player and working with people of all ages.
6. You’ll be a more well-rounded and employable graduate.
It’s not rocket science to realise that when you do come round to applying for Graduate jobs employers will favour those graduates who have made the most of their in-between time by putting themselves out there and getting a Stopgap job, rather than lazing on the sofa and mourning unsuccessful applications.
One thing to remember is that it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You have to put things into perspective: it’s not forever, and it’s not all bad. Having said all of this though, it is important not to become complacent. Keep your eye on the ball and keep searching for that dream job.