What with me graduating from university this year (yes I now have a 2:1 BA honors…if anyone is willing to hire) I thought it’d be a good idea to tell you all how my hunt for a job is going.
Well, it’s not going great. The truth is, when you finish university, with very little experience in the field, you’ll find that not all the doors are open to you. There will be some that will remain firmly shut until you find experience elsewhere.
That’s why right now, I’m still working at my retail job, and slowly climbing the ranks there. Once I get into a position that other people can be impressed by, then I’ll start looking for another job.
But first, here are a few tips to those of you who are in my position, or not quite getting the hotshot spots.
1. Stick With What You Have (For Now)
This is important. If you managed to find yourself a job during your school days (and I mean you worked while getting that all important qualification), don’t quit that job once you’ve finished learning. Chances are, you won’t find anything for a while, since you’re still fresh-faced and new. Sure there might be some bosses that like the idea of green-horns but not many of them do. So while you’re looking for that dream career, it’s important you have a financial cushion, to fall back on, otherwise you’ll probably find yourself back in your parents’ home and mooching off them.
2. Breath: Panicking Harms
I would say I’ve panicked about not getting the job I’d wanted, in the past. In fact, as an aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker, I’ve panicked about the lack of experience I have had on industry-sized film shoots that I should have had by now. The truth is, there will always be someone who is better at your job than you, and there’s nothing you can do about that. I suggest you focus on yourself, improve your own skills by doing things related to your job. For example, right now, I’ve been attempting to write a full length novel, even while writing these posts, just so that I can say to employers “I can write, and if you’ll let me, I’ll write for your film”.
3. Keep Searching
There may be times when you think you’ve hit your big break, but then you’ll find yourself back on the job search once again, because the offer fell through. It’s ok, things like this happen all the time. Including to me. I had a few good opportunities to work on projects and have that vital experience up my sleeve, but a few weeks after those interviews, I found myself doubting not just myself but the job. I realized that I wasn’t ready for something like it, and I panicked (you see, it harms). In the end I quit that opportunity, and started looking again, because I fully convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough.
4. Hobbies Are Important
I cannot stress how important hobbies can be. Yes, many people will use their hobbies as part of their career, like if you’re looking for a career in sports, you’d probably play a lot of outdoor games, like football (soccer), tennis, swimming, and a whole bunch of other games. These segues are great for some people, but for others, it might not work out. You might not have the time to hang out with your friends. You might be an introvert (like me) and just want to sit home and watch TV all day. You might have problems that might stop you from getting that career oriented hobby. Trust me, your hobbies don’t have to be related to your career. In fact, sometimes it’s better to have a hobby that doesn’t involve your friends. For example, one of my favorite hobbies is knitting and crochet. I love making items not just for my family, but for friends too. When they see that I make my own scarves, gloves, hats, etc. I find that it doesn’t take too long for them to ask me to make them one too. Sometimes, it’s the small things that you can do that makes an impression.
Your family, friends and even your old teachers are your saving grace. If you’re like me, and you’re determined to find your job on your own, you’ll get nowhere. Recently, I’ve discovered how invaluable my friends are. After catching up with a few of them over the last few months (since after going our own ways, after graduation), I realized that some of them are in positions higher than me, and I’m ok with that (well…to a point). In fact, I’ve even asked them if they can vouch for me, in their workplace, just so that I might have an opportunity to finally break into my career. So, if ever you feel like you’re going nowhere in your search, just ask. It won’t kill you, sometimes it might even ease the stress off your shoulders, if only for a little while.
Attitude, Time and Dedication
In the end it’s up to you. No self-help guide (as in those that boast quick money and whatever) can really help you. They might be tempting, but they won’t last for long. If you really want that top career spot, just keep doing what you do. Keep working on making yourself better for that job, and eventually you might get there.
It’s always good to remember that sometimes the fastest careers burn faster. You don’t have to look too far than your TV screens to see it. The likes of child stars and celebrities will mostly end up with a problem or two, and those who worked their way into their roles (Alan Rickman, Oprah, etc.) earned their way, and are respected and admired for it. So persevere, your diligence will be rewarded, maybe not in the way you want, but perhaps in a way that might be better for you. After all, “ask you will be given; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7).
Now it’s your turn. Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have any other tips that might help? Or do you have any success stories that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear your stories.
So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you all soon!
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