Some sweet graduate news for you today folks, with the current academic year drawing to a close many of you will be assessing your futures. Keep an eye on the Young Academic Careers section for plenty more where this came from.
So you’ve graduated, you’ve worked your way through the struggles of university life where the work is multiplied 10 fold and the drinking is squared each year you are there. But you’ve survived and managed to come out with a degree in a subject you have either grown to love or loathe.
“The trick for finding the job is to think outside of the box, no matter what course you did, it is better to find a job that suits your interests rather than one that suits your course.”
One thing is for sure, you are proud of what you have achieved, whether it is a “Desmond” 2:2 or a Degree with 1st Honours you have come out with there is still a looming, possible morale crushing task of finding a job. If your course title isn’t one that immediately sits you into a job role, such as the Aeronautical Engineering courses where the career path has been laid out in front of them, you may instead have been as unknowing when you applied for university courses as you were back when you were forced to choose your GCSE’s, choosing as equally vague subject as to not limit your options.
The truth is, it really doesn’t matter what subject you have the degree in, or if you have specialised in any particular category. But what you should be doing is finding out through the course of your studies the following questions to really think about the industry you would like to work in.
What really does interest you? What news items have you found particularly interesting? What modules you may have taken are particularly interesting? Were there any particular projects you found interesting? Such as one that involved more research than providing insight or the other way around.
Once you have reached the third year you will be required (in most cases) to write a dissertation. This is your chance to really get your teeth stuck into a subject you find interesting and possibly want to progress your career into in the future. It can be on any subject as long as it is well thought through.
The dissertation is where you want to sell yourself to the industry you might want to get involved with, when the inevitable question at interview stage comes up “why do you want work here?” you can hit back with the fact you did your dissertation on the subject matter and found it deeply interesting.
The trick for finding the job is to think outside of the box, no matter what course you did, it is better to find a job that suits your interests rather than one that suits your course. This is obviously much harder in practice rather than in theory but whether it takes a couple months or a couple years, once you have found a job that you are truly interested in and enjoy going to. You will be happy that you took the time to really figure out the industry you want to work in and hopefully you will end up enjoying going to work, unlike many other people in their jobs.
Andy struggled to find a job doing what he wanted to but with the help of Web Recruit found a dream job. Follow him on his twitter @andym23.