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How to land your dream graduate role 🎓 - tips from The Mix ✨

GemmaGemma Community Manager Posts: 453 Listening Ear
edited February 1 in Work & Volunteering
The prospect of securing a graduate role may seem daunting, but The Mix have teamed up with upReach to share some super useful top tips below! 🎓

The key takeaway is ➡ start now!

Do you have any tips for others on how to land a graduate job? Let us know below 👇

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How to get your dream graduate role

It's understandable why many students push all thoughts of graduate roles into a mental box until their final year, but it can really help to start thinking about this earlier on. Even with a degree it can be a tough job market out there.

The prospect of securing a graduate role may seem daunting but it's not impossible! Want to know how? Read on...

Universities have careers staff to help us with a range of things, from exploring careers to applying for opportunities like internships, which can often be converted to graduate roles - job done before we even start our final year!

Many universities also partner with charities like upReach, who provide economically disadvantaged students with a free 1-1 career coach, application reviews and exclusive events to grow our employability and secure work experience or graduate roles.

In most cases, good grades alone aren't enough to impress recruiters; they're also looking for us to evidence our 'hard' and 'soft' skills.

'Hard' skills are the specific skills needed to fulfil a role, for example, to be a professional translator we'd need to know some other languges!

'Soft' skills are equally important, and these are the skills required in every job, like communication, teamwork and resilience.

The good news is that we can develop soft skills anywhere, and the even better news is that we can enjoy ourselves while developing these!

University gives us access to a huge range of societies and opportunities, allowing us to try new things, meet new people and take on positions of responsibility. For example, we could demonstrate leadership skills by editing our student newspaper!

Another great tip is to start networking. Networking is all about building relationships with people who can benefit your career development.

Networking can feel like an unfamiliar and scary concept, but a great starting point is making use of the connections we already have; even if they can't offer us experience themselves, maybe they know someone in that industry who could help!

But how do we make new connections?

Sites like LinkedIn enable us to connect with professionals and stay updated with the latest industry trends. This will allow us to ask informed questions and engage meaningfully with professionals.

Going to networking events like careers fairs offers a great chance to not only collect a hoard of free pens, but to mingle and build connections, boosting our job prospects!

Insight Days can reduce the stress of researching different employers; we can access these through organisations like upReach, career services and employer websites.

Insight Days give us valuable insight into an employer's work environment, company culture, and day-to-day operations.

They can also tell us what employers are looking for and can improve our job applications by showing we have a genuine understanding of the industry.

It's really important to have a CV drafted, even if we're not actively applying for jobs. A CV gives us a record of all of our achievements, experiences and transferable skills gained.

There are so many resources available to help us draft a CV, and we'd recommend getting someone to check it over, whether that's a friend, a careers advisor, or an organisation like upReach who provide helpful guides and personalised feedback.

Most importantly, get started now!

As we navigate the whirlwind of university life, remember that a genie won't magically appear in our final year and grant us our dream graduate role; we need to lay the groundwork for our own success.

So, start now! There are many organisations like The Mix and upReach that can help us boost our chances of landing a top graduate role.

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Comments

  • Mia_RMia_R Posts: 6 Confirmed not a robot
    Today I was really struggling mentally with thinking about jobs and finding internships or placements. Reading this, even when I am aware of many of these things felt nice!
    Love,
    Mia_R
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  • GemmaGemma Community Manager Posts: 453 Listening Ear
    @Mia_R so glad to hear this helped to put you at ease even a little Mia <3

    Finding jobs and internships can be so stressful. What kind of sector are you looking to get into? :)
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