Q&A Tuesdays: I Graduated a year ago and still haven’t got a graduate job

Anonymous asked: I graduated a year ago and still haven’t got a graduate job. I worked really hard in my degree and find it so demotivating and depressing that I can’t get a job. All of my friends have great jobs or are travelling and it’s really sending me on a downward spiral.

This is such an important topic and I am so glad you asked, I know so many people who are going through exactly what you are so please don’t feel alone! I have broken down my advice into key sections below:

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others.

Before you read any further, you need to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Comparison will hurt your happiness – especially peoples fake happiness on Instagram. Don’t worry about your friend who just landed an amazing fashion job in London or your other friend who is traveling the world, doing well – who knows what she’s doing. What you need to remember is that everyone reaches success at their own rate.

Don’t believe me? Well, Oprah Winfrey was FIRED from her first job, and we all know JK Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected hundreds of times – until finally getting published when she was 32. When you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and you focus on your journey, magical things start to happen. And if JK would have given up then we wouldn’t have Harry Potter and what a sad, sad world that would be!

Now take ACTION.

ACT LIKE JOB HUNTING IS YOUR JOB: Create a Routine.

The most important thing you can do during your job search is to keep busy. Don’t allow yourself to binge on 10 episodes of Game of Thrones and eat a whole jar of Nutella. Instead, create a schedule as you would if you were working, make your 9-5 a job search, act like a recruiter – for yourself! Research job opportunities and develop your skills. After your ‘day job’ do things that requires you to stay active, meet up with friends and work out.

EVERY DAY I’M HUSTLIN.

Are you networking both in person and on LinkedIn?  Take an internship. Paid or unpaid, it doesn’t matter. I would push for a post-graduate internship because it shows that they’re still on the right path. Temping is also a great way to get yourself into a good company. I interned (for free) in London and then temped before landing my job. Sometimes you have to go the long way round on your path to success, but your still on your way!

Use Social Media to Your Advantage.

ERM HELLO! If you are reading this you are probably a blogger – which is a great way to earn some extra cash. Social media is a powerful way to network and discover job opportunities. Use platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to network with professionals, recruiters and employers in your field. You never know — you might get a job offer through an Instagram photo or a direct message on Twitter! The world’s changing and so is the way companies recruit!

Be willing to relocate.

I actually love relocating because I am a bit of a nomad, I like to float around to see where I stick. I suggest in the current economy you do the same, have a look at jobs outside of your region, and be willing to relocate to another side of the country or even world! If you’re a graduate with no commitment to a region, I’d expand your search, the worlds your oyster!

Change Your Perspective.

This is probably your most important asset. Have unwavering belief in yourself and commit to your dreams. But have patience – as the best things in life never come easily. Make consistent actions and continue to self improve. Positive thinking is the most powerful energy for this, so the first step in achieving the career of their dreams has to be a positive mindset paired with actions!

Good luck and I really hope you find your dream job soon!

Do any of my lovely readers have any advice and experience to share?

3 Comments

  1. Rachael
    March 8, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Such a good post! I got a job straightaway and I loved it at the time but I bet it is really hard for people who don’t!

    Rachael xox
    http://gatsbyandglamour.blogspot.com

  2. March 9, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Loved this! I feel like sometimes you can have expectations about your first job, but you just gotta keep your chin up and not have any expectations, you know?

    Great post 🙂

    Maria x

  3. July 26, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Great advice! I got a job straight away in my “dream field” after graduating and ended up HATING it. Remember, finding the right job for you can take time – be patient! xx

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