So You’re A Graduate – Now What?

Once you’ve finished your final exams you might be wondering what is next for you and your career. Whether you’ve graduated from school or university, the perfect time to figure out how to kick-start your career is now. But with a lot of competition in the entry-level job market, being a new graduate is not always easy. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

  • Career plans: Setting career goals, possibly with the assistance of a career coach, is important to put you in a good position for your future. Even if you don’t have big career dreams now, start with some short-term goals. Write up a list of things you want to achieve in the coming year, then break down each goal into detailed tasks to work out what is required to achieve them.
  • Cover letters and resumes: Before applying for any job, you will need a well-crafted cover letter and resume that you can update to meet the requirements of each job you apply for. Each employment sector will have different requirements that need to be adhered to, so it may be best to seek out services that will assist you in providing a standout resume.
  • Applications: Job applications should be about quality, not quantity. You’ll have more chance at landing a suitable job if you spend time reading the job description, researching more about the company, and tailoring your application to meet their requirements. The time spent on the application will be evident to a prospective employer.
  • Recruiters: Even though you may have little or no work experience, there are several recruitment agencies that specialise in the placement of graduates into full-time positions. Arrange to meet with these kinds of recruiters who can assess your skills and qualifications and help connect you to potential employers looking for new graduates. Commit to a good relationship with recruiters from the beginning, and you’ll reap the benefits throughout your whole career.
  • Internships: Many companies have regular internship programs, providing a range of experiences in an industry and organisation. Internships can be a day a week, full-time, or for a few weeks over summer, and are a great way to gain insight into an industry. They’re also a great way to work out what you’re not interested in, which is just as important!
  • Volunteer: While you’re searching for jobs, volunteering is another great way to add experience to your resume. It’s an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people at a time when your friends from school, TAFE or university may also be busy on their own job-seeking missions.
  • Networking: Meeting new people can open doors for you and could lead you to a job. Sign up to new graduate or industry events and get to know the people who could potentially become your colleagues.

In a crowded job market, extra credit will go to the candidates who are able to distinguish themselves by putting in the extra effort. If you are a graduate looking to take the next step in your career, we have multiple services available that can assist you on your journey.

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