PAVING A NEW PATH USE THE HELP AVAILABLE TO FIND A JOB
AFTER years of a structured lifestyle of studying a degree, the world of job searching can be a daunting place to encounter.
But even if you are no longer a student, your university can still be a valuable source.
The University of Sydney’s careers centre manager Nitsa Athanassopoulos said graduates struggling to find a job should talk to their university’s careers service.
“They will typically see anyone for 12 months after,” she said.
“We help them with everything from career planning, through to the whole job application process, through to the transition to work.”
When job positions are scarce and the pool of fellow graduates is large, it is vital to find ways to stand out.
“What employers tell us makes one graduate stand out is often a general interest in their work,” Ms Athanassopoulos said.
“The students who made an effort to find out about the company and they ask good questions.”
Ms Athanassopoulos said graduates need to look beyond the big names for places to work.
“If they start looking a small to medium-sized businesses, that will give them a lot more scope,” she said.
Networking is always said to be the ticket into a new job but it is not always easy if you have no contacts inside.
Ms Athanassopoulos suggests joining your industry’s professional associations.
“Volunteer work can also be a great thing,” she said.
“It keeps you active, you might develop some skills, you are networking and it looks good on the resume.”
University graduates have many options to explore when looking for a job.