As the end of another academic year looms, many graduates are feeling the pressure to get a graduate job lined up. Graduating without a job is a scary prospect for many, especially when you’ve piled up big debts in aid of your future career.
If some of your peers already have places on graduate schemes secured and job offers on the table, you may be worrying that you’re already behind. However, juggling dissertation deadlines, exam revision and job searching is a lot to take on.
Here’s why there’s no need to worry if you are graduating without a job lined up.
1. Graduate jobs aren’t going anywhere
There are graduate opportunities across multiple industries available all year round. While many graduate schemes with large corporations want your application by October (a year before you’ll start), new graduate jobs are appearing constantly.
2. You don’t want to jeopardise your studies
If you’re coming to the end of your studies and have a lot on, trying to look for jobs on the side isn’t helpful. You do need to put a lot of time and effort into your job search or you aren’t going to get anywhere. Finding the right opportunities for you, tailoring your CV, writing covering letters and attending interviews are challenging.
It may be better for you to fully focus on your dissertation or exams now and give your job search your full attention later.
3. Many graduate employers will want you to start immediately
If you’re going for graduate jobs, as opposed to graduate schemes, employers are likely to want you to start pretty quickly. Once you’ve finished university, you’ll not only be free to attend interviews but will also have more flexibility with when you can start.
4. There are plenty of other graduates in your shoes
If you are graduating without a job, remember you are not alone! This is particularly true of graduates who are unsure about what career path they want to take. It’s important to take the time to properly consider your options and to choose a career that suits you. You may even want to take a holiday or a gap year before tying yourself to a role.
Ready to start your graduate job search?
If you’re ready to start hunting for a graduate job now, follow our steps below.
- Choose a career that suits your personality
- Perfect your CV
- Submit your CV to CV-Library
- Ensure you have a fantastic-looking LinkedIn profile
- Take a look at these job sites
If you’re looking for more advice, take a look at our Graduate Careers articles.