Exams are now a distant memory and you have probably returned all the books to the library by now leaving you with just a few journal articles on your night stand to remind you of the sweet 3 years (or maybe more) that have gone by faster than you had ever thought they would. The memories of sitting through never-ending lectures or seminars that resembled the Great Inquisition will slowly fade away and the sense of reality will kick in before you know it.
So here are my 7 tips on how you can get over the nostalgia and jump on the job market saddle ASAP:
- Get off Facebook and on LinkedIn
Yes, Facebook is great, but LinkedIn is better. Make sure your profile is up to date, visit students.linkedin.com for jobs and resources, and embrace online networking.
- Finding a good job is a full time job in itself – take your time
Don’t be disheartened when you don’t hear back after applying for a job online, keep browsing and apply for more. See a list of resources available to you.
- Put together a plan
You might contemplate sleeping till midday now that Uni life is over – WRONG. Get up early, make a plan of action for every day, and follow it. Set yourself realistic targets (e.g. apply for 2 jobs per day) and make sure you hit these.
- Think outside the box
London might be your holy grail, but what about moving outside London or even outside the UK? This is the age to do it – and you might have the time of your life!
- Work on your personal brand
Think about what makes you awesome and play those cards: why not start a blog page about something that interests you, or volunteer to write guest blog posts in different newsletters to get your name out there.
- Build a strong network
Not just through LinkedIn and social media, but why not join clubs that organize networking events and attend these? E.g. http://www.kweekweek.com/ducciozambrini/7cf36392e5
- Keep in touch with your University friends
It can be easy to fall out with the friends you make while at University, but your generation will be an important part of the workforce in the future so you never know where these connections might take you.
Enough talking (or reading) – get to it.