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How to Up Your Chances of Getting a Job after University.
This time of year can be extremely stressful for final year students who are looking to enter the working world the following year. Not only do you have the stress of your final exams, but also the stress of finding something to do with your life, and the daunting task of finding a job.
The trick to getting a job when you leave college is to start working for it as early as possible.
Here are a few things that you can start doing, as a student, to better your chances of landing an awesome job when you finish studying.
1. Create a LinkedIn profile.
Even if your profile just shows where you went to school, what you are studying, what extra-curricular activities you partake in, and what you consider your skills, it is still important to have one. You can include holiday jobs that you may have had and what type of careers or industries that you are interested in working in as well. A LinkedIn profile helps top start building connections early – invite all the adults you know and connect with as many people as possible.
2. Establish an online presence.
Even if you are not planning on working in media or marketing it helps to establish an online presence by starting a blog. Write about career interests or personal interests – it doesn’t matter. This will help people to “get to know you” when considering you for a job.
3. Start building work experience as early as possible.
When you start applying for jobs you will see that everyone wants you to have some sort of work experience. Well you may not be able to gain work much experience in your chosen field while studying, an internship or student job will help. It is best to get an internship with a company or brand that is well known.
4. Don’t think you know too much.
You may have spent three or more years studying – but you can always learn more. Short courses or workshops are a great addition to your CV as they often teach you practical application and about real-life situations. Choose extra courses related to your career path such as photography or design course, or something that can help you generally such as leadership skills or a project management course such as PRINCE2 or MSP. These types of courses will benefit you greatly when entering the working world your future employer will see that you have learnt skills and not only text-book theory.