It’ll be a familiar situation for any recent graduate, no matter where you’re from – you’re standing on the day of your graduation, degree in hand, when the thought suddenly strikes you like a cartoon mallet: “So, what do I do now?”
It hits almost every graduate, that strange feeling in the pit of your stomach that you might not be quite as purposeful in your aims as you first thought, and that maybe, just maybe, you’ll struggle to turn that hard-earned degree into the career-based goldmine you were hoping for.
Really, it’s a feeling most people have and, in many respects, that panic can be a positive emotion if you allow it to propel instead of paralyse you. And, there’s a great deal of help at hand no matter where you are, from career resources in Singapore (which can be found here: http://www.michaelpage.com.sg/career-centre) to job search queries in the UK.
As long as you can harness your degree and your panicky energy to positive ends, you’ll be sure to land in a decent position, with a high salary beckoning you if you apply yourself properly.
But, how do you go about applying yourself in the first place?
Staying out of the unemployment rut
Well, the main thrust of post-graduation blues concerns determination, with a large number of the issues that recent graduates face coming down to motivation. If you have the ability to wake yourself up bright and early, set aside a certain amount of time to search for a job and stick to it, then half the battle is already won.
It’s so easy to fall into the rut of the unemployed that many struggle to dig themselves back out, with the frustration mounting as time wears on, and before long you’ve fallen off the radar and gone from the unemployed to the unemployable, set for a life of afternoon television and chronic boredom.
But, with some effort and a positive attitude you’ll find that there are more opportunities at hand than you might first assume.
Developing past your degree
One of the biggest mistakes that students make is to assume that their degree is a one-stop shop for career success when, in reality, most employers are searching for relevant experience on top of a degree classification.
With the pressures of bills ever-mounting after you’ve completed your degree, it might seem like a trivial matter to be searching for work experience when compared with your hunt for a proper job, but it’s a necessity to constantly improve yourself and flex your cerebral muscles in any way you can, keeping them trim for when an employer comes knocking.
Ideally, you should be attempting to gain such experience at that most opportune time, when you’re actually at university because, although it may seem like you’re endlessly swamped with work, the opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience can be boundless at such a hub of learning.
Overall, the best advice you can get if you’re leaving university is also probably the most clichéd: don’t give up. While it’s a long road to gaining the job of your dreams, it’s ultimately a journey that’s well worth taking.