Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREER ONE - Laura Tri­este

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.

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