When you leave university and step into the ‘real’ world, it can very often be a daunting and disheartening place. Being offered a job upon graduation is no longer the norm. Graduate jobs are competitive and employers are looking for more than just a good degree.
You may have minimal experience in your chosen field and feel that you don’t have a lot to offer but it is highly likely that you’ve got some great experience under your belt that you can use to your advantage, even if you don’t think it’s directly relevant.
Upon graduation, most people have some form of work experience, be it volunteering whilst at university or a part-time job to fund yourself through your degree.
These types of roles mean that you will have developed all sorts of transferable skills, whatever your chosen career path. Employers are not only interested in skills that are directly related to their industry, these skills can be learnt and built on and you will have gained the bases of these from your degree.
Employers want to know that you have also developed key skills that will serve you in a business environment. They want to know that you are motivated enough to get out there and get work and, as a result, you are more rounded than someone who has simply devoted their entire time at university to studying.
That part-time bar job or supermarket check-out Christmas work doesn’t seem so irrelevant now does it? This kind of work will have helped you develop the following skills that all employers will be looking for when hiring a graduate. Make sure you make use of them on your application.