As Graduates, you are subjected to some pretty negative spin as you’re coming towards the end of your degree. “There are no jobs for you”, “You’re going to live in a shoebox”, “You’re barely going to be able to afford to survive”. etc.
It’s not all doom and gloom and looking at your job prospects as an uphill climb is going to make it all the harder. You do have a lot of things going for you and it’s important to keep these in mind when securing the first job on your career path.
In fact, it’s a very exciting time that’s full of possibility. People might throw out negatives but the majority are envious that they can’t go back to the start of their careers. How many times have you heard people wish they could start over? That they wished they had gone travelling before embarking on their careers? Or that they should have taken more time in choosing what they wanted to do?
Well, you’re at that juncture now and there are plenty of opportunities out there for you.
Here are 4 things graduates have going for them.
You Have a Degree
You might get told that it’s a worthless piece of paper, but it’s really not. Think of it as a ticket into many places you would have been refused entry into before. As a recruiter, time and time again I was met with people who had lots od experience but weren’t considered for a role because they didn’t have a degree.
Things were different and a lot of people chose experience over education when presented with the choice. Nowadays, quite often the minimum requirement for the majority of positions is a degree. You have this now and that’s already a major milestone ticked off.
Now’s the Perfect Time to Find Your Dream Career
You have the luxury of really taking the time to analyse your dream career. The pressure of finding a job might be overwhelming at times, but there really is no better time to decide what you want to do.
In fact, many graduates choose to travel for a year or two while they decide what they really want to do. Some will return to previous jobs to save and get ready. The important thing to note is that it’s your future and you have the time to choose how you want to shape it. You can even consider starting your own business, what’s stopping you?
Careers aren’t life-long Vocations
Gone are the days where a career choice meant a life long commitment. Now, it’s rare to see people staying in jobs over the 5-year mark. It’s also common for people to completely change the careers that they’re in, reskilling and starting afresh.
Whatever you choose to do isn’t irreversible. You can always change again in the future if things aren’t working out or you come across a career that you’d much rather be doing. Whatever situation you find yourself in; if you’re unhappy, you can change. That’s important to remember and lessens the pressure on you to make the ‘perfect’ choice.
Traditional Working Hours and Methods Are Starting to Not Be the ‘Norm’.
Monday to Friday, 9-5. That’s not the ‘norm’ anymore. In fact, the traditional work model is rapidly being flung out of the window as employers realise the benefits of being more flexible.
It’s a win-win.
Employees get to choose their own hours, work from anywhere and choose the jobs they work on. Employers can save money on office costs, have more productive members of staff and utilise stronger skill sets on specific projects.
Freelancing can be a great option for graduates who want to develop their skill set and take time to find out what they want to do. If you’ve a talent for writing, translation, web development, design etc, your skills are really high in demand.