In days gone by, anyone who attended university would pretty much walk into a good job as soon as they graduate. For fresh graduates, however, things are a little trickier. The last decade or so has seen a massive increase in people going to university, and it has had an enormous impact on the job market.
More people than ever are getting PhDs, but there are no guarantees when it comes to your career – there just aren’t enough jobs to go around, and there are many Ph.D. holders who are still working in bars, restaurants, or even in call centers.
There are many different issues involved, but if you can work on them as fast as possible, you should put yourself in a better position than the competition. In today’s guide, I’m going to run through some of the most common problems experienced by many graduates when they start looking for a career. And, I’ll suggest some solutions that could give you an advantage. Let’s get started right away.
Internships are expensive
Because the job market is so crowded, a wide array of companies and industries can take advantage. They do so in the form of offering internships, where postgraduates pick up some work experience but are only paid a pittance. In simple terms, it means that anyone who isn’t from a wealthy background or can rely on their parents funding their lifestyle will struggle to get and benefit from an internship. Media companies, law firms, publishers, and Internet companies all take part in this exploitative practice, and without financial backing, you will struggle. Look for paid internships only, or get some side gigs – and network like your life depended on it.
You might lack business nous
First-class students don’t always make first-class business people, which is something that many employers are looking for when they go through your résumé. The good news is that there are plenty of business courses out there that you can take to fine-tune your skills and develop some basic business acumen. Even when you get a job, they are worthwhile and can help you stay ahead of the pack. Let’s say you have a degree in law and are looking for your first job with a local firm. You might find some help from a career coach for lawyers, who can teach you the essential skills you need – and explain what companies are looking for.
You may not make it as an academic
A lot of people who graduate would love to stay in the college environment and work as an academic. However, these days, the competition is fierce, and you may have to be realistic with our hopes and dreams. It’s important to have a serious think about your future once you have your degree, as there are no guarantees that a Master’s or Ph.D. will result in a better job. Again, it’s a case of doing some serious networking, but you will also need to work on a long-term strategy to get into academia. Patience – and determination – will be the keys to your success.
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