Searching and applying for jobs after graduating from university can be challenging! Many don’t secure the first role they apply for and most will juggle multiple applications. A few won’t even know what they want to do next and some struggle to stay motivated with the process. But you are not alone…
I graduate from the University of Suffolk in 2021 with a BA hons History degree. I was not ‘that graduate’ who had his career path set in stone. My time at university had also been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant 2/3 of my degree was spent online! When the time came to apply for jobs, I was nervous. I questioned whether I was good enough, became overwhelmed with the process and worried about rejection.
After reflecting on what I knew I was good at, talking to people and building relationships, I applied for a Recruitment Consultant role at Marshall Wolfe – surprise I got the job – and it’s been the best decision yet! I was keen to use my own experience, and of many I witness around me, to help support graduates who often find themselves in similar positions. Sometimes they just need a bit of guidance.
At Marshall Wolfe we care about a fair process and aim to bring out the best version of our candidates to showcase to our clients. Recently, I returned to my university to speak with the Alumni and Relations development team about how we can form a partnership to support graduates with their careers after university. It has spurred on a conversation about how local businesses can help Universities and retain the graduate talent in the area.
My top tops for graduates on their job hunt right now are:
- Persevere: The opportunities are endless. Remember to keep track of where you have applied to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
- Adapt your approach: Review your application and tailor your CV to showcase the relevant skillset for the role.
- Don’t take rejection personally: There is always room for improvement so ask for feedback and use it to improve for next time.
- Stay motivated: You will get there. Try not to compare yourself to others, everyone’s experience is different.
By Josh Wiffen