…And (breathes out) relax. That is of course assuming you’ve now finished your degree, in which case congratulations! Take some time to travel, get some sun and make the most of your well-deserved break! This applies especially to those who are yet to secure a graduate job because once you do you won’t have as much time to do all that. Take me for instance, I’m yet to secure a job but I’ve planned a week in Thailand, and organised to meet up with friends for day trips. So, this blog is all about how I think you should plan your pre-job break.
As I just mentioned, I’m yet to get a job myself, but my situation is more complicated than most as my international status leads to the ever-present issue of the dreaded visa; so my advice in this blog is inclined towards those in the same boat. As my aim is to stay here in the UK, I am doing everything I can to secure a job and for those of you with the same aim I will pass on the advice I was given.
After my initial searches, I found the field of marine biology to be extremely competitive so decided I had to approach applications in a different way. With this in mind, I arranged to meet with a university careers advisor to discuss the best route for me to take and she suggested that I look into jobs that didn’t relate to my field in order to widen my search. This was suggested with the idea that I could volunteer for marine related activities/events on the side and build up the necessary experience to apply for a job in the future. She also provided me with a list of companies operating in the UK that sponsor visas so I didn’t waste my time applying. This is definitely a smart move as it makes your hunt much more efficient and opens your eyes to options you didn’t consider previously.
Another strategy I have employed (I wish that was my current job status!) is making contact with a company through friends. This is a powerful tool as it gives you a way into a company and can get you an interview purely based on your friend’s recommendation (this is best case scenario and is not guaranteed). I have applied to many jobs and my strongest leads have been acquired through friends so definitely ask around!
So, the message to take home is to be proactive and relentless (you can then put these as strengths on your CV) in your search for a job but also remember to take a break before you enter the world of work.