12 Things To Remember When You Leave University And Start Your Career
When you graduate, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are a few pointers for how to deal with that tricky period post-graduation:
1. First things first, don’t forget your university is still there to help you!
Your university wants you to succeed not just while you’re there, but afterwards too.
2. Now’s the time to polish off that CV.
Your university will most likely hold CV workshops. There are also plenty of websites that can help you build one, or you can always ask your employed friends and family if you can use their CV as a template.
3. Remember to be open and optimistic when starting the job search.
It’ll take time, but it’s all a part of the process.
4. And be wise when applying for a job.
Ask yourself whether the job is really going to make you want to get up at ridiculous hours in the morning.
5. You’ll have to start brushing up on the old interview skills.
Gulp. Once again, your university probably has a department ready to help you with this.
6. And once you get that interview, look like the part.
Which, you will.
7. If you don’t get the job, just know you’ll have many interviews before you get the real thing.
And that’s entirely OK!
8. If you’re stuck for ideas of what you want to do, there’s always support.
Don’t feel like you’re alone! A simple email can help you figure out what you’re destined to do.
9. Once you land your job, remember the importance of networking.
Anyone and everyone you are about to meet can push you further in your new career. Your university probably has an alumni scheme, so make sure you agree to opt in and use their resources!
10. Don’t be afraid to get involved in things outside your job.
Invest in this new community and new opportunities. If you keep an eye on what your university is doing after you leave, you can take advantage of their alumni schemes, too.
11. If your job isn’t what you expected, then don’t worry!
You’re young – you have so much time to learn and find out what works for you.
12. Moreover, remember that working is a journey.
There will be ups and downs, but they’re all a part of making you who you are.