You wouldn’t be blamed for finding the well documented and publicised ‘lack of graduate jobs’ news excruciating. Ever since the recession began back in 2007 students have been hit pretty hard with bad news, whether it be increasing food costs to the ever decreasing graduate employment rates. Back in the day, graduates would be pretty much guaranteed a well-paid job once they had graduated. Around the time the recession hit, industry professionals began to suggest that degrees weren’t as important for potential employers. Right now, in some industries, businesses actually prefer to employ non-graduates, preferring candidates who dropped out of education at a younger age to seek work experience.
So, if you’ve recently graduated, what can you be doing to stop the rot and find good work that is applicable to your degree?
Now is the time to make use of the contacts you have acquired throughout the 3 years of study that you have completed. If you’re convinced that you haven’t made the right contacts during your tenure at uni – you should consider exploring friends of your family. Often people you wouldn’t expect have work available in their own businesses, or at the very least, contacts of their own.
Most IT grads would have built up a contact base online through social media sites such as Google+ and LinkedIn – which are commonly used for business purposes. Why not try this?
Keep your eyes well and truly peeled for companies advertising their in-house graduate recruitment and training schemes. There’s literally thousands of opportunities that open up both domestically and internationally each year for graduates to begin a graduate scheme with large corporations. If you’re not the newspaper reading type, ask your mum to keep an eye out for you in the local gazette. These businesses are always looking for young graduates to join their ranks; this is one of the most effective ways to get employed straight out of uni. Be warned, organised students will be lining themselves up for graduate schemes before they have even graduated. So make sure your application is spot on and ahead of schedule to avoid disappointment.
If you’re below 30 and searching for jobs, as a potential vacancy source, newspapers aren’t likely to spring to mind straight away. Admittedly less popular since the publication of online newspapers, the hardcopy versions contain a large number of opportunities and possible career moves – some unique to the paper.
As an IT graduate, it may not be the ‘done thing’ in your peer group to pop to the shop, pick up a paper, and peruse it over breakfast, but you’ll have the last laugh if you get a job out of it. Remember, traditional jobseeking methods that have stood the test of time, have done so for a reason.
Many online publications run annual pieces on the best graduate employers – another interesting source when it comes to finding graduate vacancies. Possibly the most notable, The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers details a diverse range of employers that are known for their graduate recruitment drives. To get your foot in the door, you should hit up these employers as soon as possible after the annual list is published to stand the best chance.
If all else fails, and you’re feeling alienated by any certain profession- being stuck for ideas about which area of the IT industry you want to go into, you should consider a careers test like this offering from the BBC. If getting a job is your priority, in the current climate you need to be prepared for not getting your ideal role straight away. Completing a career test will give you further options to explore.