At times it might feel like there’s pressure from university, parents or even friends to graduate and walk straight into a full-time job. This can add lots of unneeded stress to final year, not to mention take up a lot of time applying for jobs, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, travelling to assessment centres etc. Personally I feel people can get too caught up in worrying about this and more importance should be placed on studying and achieving the best grade possible – this is what will set us up for having a great future career. We have the rest of our lives to be in full-time employment so there’s no rush and it’s important to take time to figure out what you want to do and find a job which interest you.
But of course, the goal is (for most people at least) to get a job eventually. One idea for students is to get a summer internship. This is a great way to get experience and skills, hopefully earn money and widen job prospects for when you graduate. It’s also a good move for graduates as it doesn’t tie you down and gives an opportunity to try different things. I will be starting a 6-week internship in August with a start-up storage solutions company which I found through a website called Jobbio.
There are also plenty of ways to look for full-time graduate jobs. The Leicester careers service website could be good place to start, or websites such as Indeed and Jobsite, and don’t forget Linkedin advertises jobs too. The Graduate Recruitment Bureau seems useful – it specialised in graduate jobs and they sometimes email you with jobs based on your specifications.
If you’re not sure what you want a career in, Prospects could be helpful as it’s designed to guide you to find the right career – you can even take a quiz to find out what you’re suited to.
Good luck in whatever you want to do, and remember, if you’re a final year student who doesn’t have their dream job lined up for when you graduate don’t panic – you’re not alone!