You’ve graduated from university or are in the final year of your studies, you’ve completed or will graduate with a higher level qualification such as a BA or BSc honours degree. Now you’re searching the web for opportunities to kick start your career, what next? whats available?
There are various routes available for graduates to find employment:
Internships are placements offered by employers looking for potential employees. These opportunities are for a fixed and limited time anywhere from 4-12 weeks, some can last longer. Internship placements can be paid or unpaid depending on their employment status classification; volunteer or employee. Internships are available to both graduates and students.
Some key benefits of Internships include but not limited to:
- Hands on practical work experience
- Build on the skills you gained at university
- Increase your confidence
- Network and make contacts in your chosen industry
- Find out if this is the right employer or industry for you
- Gain a work reference and boost your chances of gaining future employment.
You can search internships at :
Graduate jobs also advertised as “Graduate Training Schemes” are paid employment contracts within public and private organisations. Employers create these privileged positions which incorporate structured training programmes that allow graduates to fast-track their careers and reach their full potential. Graduate recruitment programmes enable companies to bring fresh ideas to the table whilst nurturing future talent.
Graduate jobs are designed to take enthusiastic graduates and train them with the key skills required to become important employees in the business. Graduates are given the chance and time to learn the different areas of the business, they are assigned mentors who support and guide them through the journey. Some areas of business which graduates may be expected to job shadow are marketing, HR, IT, management, research and accounts. Some companies also offer industry specific qualifications and postgraduate qualifications such as ACCA, CIMA, CISCO, MCP and much more. The duration of a graduate scheme is dependent on the chosen role.
Most graduate scheme opportunities take place just after graduation between September and January, but don’t worry, you can still find plenty of graduate jobs during the rest of the year.
Here are some sites where you can search graduate jobs:
An alternative to working for someone is to start up your own business, become your own boss and an entrepreneur. If you are someone who is creative and driven, wanting to bring your ideas to life, then this may be the perfect solution. Self employment is empowering and allows you to follow and realise your dreams.
There are various sources of funding available from government-backed business schemes to crowdfunding on the internet. Funding can be secured in the form of grants, loans, investments. You can approach business mentors who will give you an honest opinion on whether your business idea is viable or not.
If you have a skill rather than a product to sell, it is worth looking into freelancing, the perfect starting point would be websites such as:
These sites can be the first step into self employment, they allow you to source jobs online and create a portfolio to showcase your abilities and work.
Don’t be afraid of failing, running a business will teach you an incredible amount about yourself and you will pick up a whole range of new skills to take forward in your career.
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If all else fails then take on any job or volunteer. Being employed is far better than being unemployed. It’s better for your health, well-being and CV. Use any job a stepping stone to a better future.