Your uni years are undoubtedly going to be some of the most exciting and formative ones of your life, and whatever your field of study, you’re sure to have picked up some valuable life experiences along the way. As your studies draw to a close though, it is important to remember that now is the time to start getting ahead in your job hunt.
The whole point of going to university is of course to end up with a degree that’ll lead to a job and career that you’re going to enjoy and find fulfilment in. So even though you might be anticipating a few lazy days once the exams and essays are over, just like your studies, you’re going to have to put effort into getting a great starting position. If you’re not sure where to start, or simply need a bit of motivation, check out some of the advice below.
Get your CV in order
It is more than likely that you already have a CV, but is it worthy for the profession you want to get into? Sure it might be fine for summer jobs, but when your CV is the first impression you can make in your dream field, it is well worth investing some time to get it looking perfect. There is so much good advice out there on making your CV pop and in the right way, that there is no reason not to revise it. And remember that you should always ask for feedback on it whether it’s from friends already in the job market or your university advisors.
Visit Careers’ Advice
Practically all higher education institutes boast a Careers’ Advice centre for the use of its graduates and alumni, so do take advantage of it. The professionals there will be able to point you in the right direction, help give you interview tips, and will have access to a wealth of useful information. So whilst you’re still on campus, be sure to book an appointment with one of the advisors.
Most professionals will have had years to build up a solid network within their field, so since you’ll be starting from scratch, it pays to be enthusiastic and energetic about it. One of the easiest ways is of course with a social media platform, namely LinkedIn, and you can begin by following and interacting with your teachers and professors, who may also be able to help you in your job search. Another thing you can do is to visit Careers’ Fairs which will have lots of inspirational things for you to check out, and are ideal whether you have an idea about what you want to do or not.
Find your niche
Some fields of study more naturally lead to conclusive careers than others such as medicine and teaching, so remember to find your niche. When it comes to job hunting, there are more specialised career sites out there which can really give your search a boost, as well as making it more streamlined. Your professors are likely to know of sites, and you can easily find them yourself with a quick search. For instance for law students, they can sign up for a site like Africa Legal which has details not only on open positions, but also info on courses and industry news.
With the right effort and attitude, it’s easy to make sure you hit the job market running once you’ve completed your studies. So invest the time and get involved in the search sooner rather than later.