The first time you apply for a job can be nerve-wracking. Maybe you’re a recent university graduate on the path to an exciti
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After 3+ years of going to lectures, one-too-many lie-ins, and occasionally pulling all-nighters in the library, graduation is finally here.
With your graduation certificate in-hand, the world is your oyster – and you’re ready to make your next move; whether that be getting a graduate job, becoming self-employed, pursuing postgraduate study, or taking a gap year after university.
For the majority of university graduates, it’s the time to find the graduate job of your dreams.
If, that is, you know what your dream job is.
All our lives, it’s been ingrained in us that there is a perfect job out there for everyone. For thousands of university graduates all over the world, this isn’t the case - the first few years after graduation may be spent figuring out exactly what you want to do. Check out this career test for graduates to help you figure out your ideal job.
Even if you are set on your dream career, many graduate jobs want you to have some previous work experience in order to even be considered for the position – posing a problem to recent graduates with zero real work experience outside of work study. How do they expect you to get real work experience if nobody is willing to hire you?
If you are a recent university graduate and are having trouble deciding exactly what you want to do, or getting your foot in the door of your career field, all is not lost.
There are plenty of great graduate jobs that may not be in the career field you end up in, but are great jobs to have on your resume and expand your graduate skill set.
Customer service jobs have gained a bit of a bad reputation over the years; but the truth is, they can often be a great starting point for graduates. Customer service graduate jobs will often have great opportunities for advancement and to cross-train in different departments; especially if you find the right company.
Customer Service jobs often go by various titles, such as Customer Service Representative, Customer Support Executive, Customer Service Assistant, Support Officer, Support Agent or Front Desk Agent. They tend to require skills such as:
There may once have been a time where Administrative Assistants were seen as the “runner” of the company - but today’s Administrative Assistant has a new world of responsibilities.
Depending on your responsibilities and who you’re reporting to, an Administrative Assistant is in prime position to learn the inner workings of how a business is run - and therefore has great opportunities for career progression.
An Administrative Assistant may also be known as a Team Assistant, an Office Assistant, Administrator, Receptionist or Data Entry Clerk.
Skills needed for a job as an Administrative Assistant include:
It can also be a great segway into an HR, office management or Executive Assistant role.
Account management graduate jobs are a great choice if you don't know exactly what sector you want to work in, because they give graduates exposure to a world of different work environments and individuals. As an Account Manager, you’d be responsible for managing different accounts, acting as the face of the company, and liaising with clients and internal employees.
Skills needed for a job as an Account Executive or Account Manager include:
For some graduates, the idea of working for themselves and starting up their own business is more attractive than getting a graduate job at a corporate. If this is something you seriously are considering, there are a few things you need to do first.
If you're thinking about entering the entrepreneurial world, the first thing you need to do is determine what you want your business to be. Is your business going to be an E-commerce store, or is it going to be a “brick and mortar” store?
The next thing you would need to do is build your business a website. Be sure to check the availability of domain names so you won’t have your heart set on one that’s already being used.
Once you have your website in place, you can transition your focus on the inner working of your business. There's tons of advice out there on setting up your own business post-university - so if you have your heart set on it, do your research.
There are several different routes to take after graduation; and if you choose to get a graduate job after university, you’ll quickly learn that the job hunt can be tough. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do yet, or you’re looking to build on your skill set, why not look into some of the routes to take after university.