So you’re graduating in November. Congratulations! You’ve worked hard to be where you are and now it’s time to reap the rewards.
But how can you make sure you get the job you deserve?
It’s important to remember when you’re looking for work that many graduate recruiters do not ask for a specific degree. This means that the options for work might be greater than you think.
Remember – whatever subject you’ve studied, you have a degree. This makes you a graduate, which means graduate employers are looking for you! Yes you!
So where to start?
- Check out our Graduate Jobs in the North West and UK Key Websites.
2. Keep your options open with a Graduate Scheme.
Graduate schemes keep your options open because they offer both great foundations for a wide range of careers (e.g. accountancy) or they are rotational and expose you to a range of different business functions. A graduate scheme can lead directly into a specific career or enable you to narrow and refocus your choices once you have higher level training and experience.
Lasting from 2-3 years, graduate schemes are a great way to gain hands-on experience and make new contacts. Browse our list of schemes for companies from Airbus and ALDI to Jaguar Land Rover, McDonald’s and Sainsbury’s.
With intensive training, a decent salary and excellent contacts, graduate schemes can be competitive so check out our guide to assessment centres, which includes role-plays, psychometric tests and e-tray exercises.
- Already working? Upgrade your part-time job.
If you’re already working, you might want to think about upgrading your current role.
Many companies in the retail and hospitality sectors run graduate training schemes – including Whitbread, Tesco and Marks and Spencer.
Find out more in our Graduate Careers in Retail, Graduate Careers in Hospitality, Events and Tourism and Graduate Careers in Financial Services and Insurance guides.
- Don’t Forget SMEs
If working for a large corporation isn’t for you, don’t forget the thousands of local businesses looking for skilled graduates.
Small and medium-sized enterprises can be a great way to take on responsibility as part of a small team. When making speculative applications, remember to tailor your CV and cover letter to each company.
5. Become a Professional Freelancer
Not everybody wants to work for somebody else. If you’re already involved with creative projects or have a skill set you want to sell, think about marketing yourself as a freelancer.
Whether you write for a magazine or vlog in your spare time, if you are an archaeologist or a designer, a signer or a dancer, our freelancing guide will help you think about whether self-employment is right for you.
If you work part-time, make sure to give priority to your freelancing achievements in your CV. When networking, introduce yourself as a freelancer; explain to your friends and family that this is how you want to be seen professionally.