Graduate jobs are the first step in a person’s specific career path. By the time most students have graduated, they’ve had experience in the workforce, whether it was work-placement, casual/part-time work or jobs they held during high school. The difference between these types of work is dedication and passion for the work involved and the interest in advancing in that particular industry.
How do I land my first graduate job?
The process to landing your first graduate job starts long before you graduate. By that time, you should have already made contact with businesses or mentors to try and get your name out there and your foot in the door. After that, it’s a matter of applies, applies, applies. It could take months to find a graduate job, as entry-level positions are in huge demand.
To stand out from the crowd, you can undertake internships, work-experience, volunteer, or broaden your skillset.
Another way to stand out is to constantly network – the more people you know, the more likely you are to land an opportunity. Networking isn’t just about introducing yourself; you have to view it more as a series of interconnecting relationships. Keep yourself and your profile up to date, and make sure you’re personal branding reflects your current career related desires.
Graduate tasks and salaries
Internships and graduate jobs will normally involve a mixture of simple tasks and training. This might include menial labour like cleaning or getting lunch orders, and tasks might include filing or assisting a more senior member of staff with a work project.
Salaries and pay varies hugely depending on the field and level of work available – generally speaking, internships are expected to be unpaid, and entry-level positions starting at around 30 to 35,000 per year.