According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in 2015 almost 16,730 were out of work six months after leaving university and over 60,000 students were in “non-professional” roles, working in areas such as administration and secretarial, skilled trades, service and caring industries and sales and customer service.
Although this numbers may seem gloomy, today more than ever driven people become successful by getting the right connections in their career. “Students have to be accountable for their careers, prepare for the job market as early as first year and start building their networks because traditional internships and resumes don’t turn into jobs anymore.” Dan Schawbel, Founder of Millennial Branding and Author of Promote Yourself
“Degrees do not guarantee jobs, people do! A lot of the people that secure their dream jobs is because they persist and make sure they get the tools, contacts and skills they need early on” Laura Vanessa Munoz, Founder & Director of Empowering Futures
The best moment for university students to start building their career is while they are still at University, because as graduates need to prepare themselves for the fact that it may take them a few month to find the job they want. Though the job hunting process can be long, graduate jobs are incredibly rewarding.
Tanya de Grunwald, the founder of careers website Graduate Fog said: “Too many graduates are still only applying for widely advertised roles. Remember – if you’ve seen it, so has everybody else. It’s a much smarter idea to spend time tapping into the ‘hidden’ job market. Build your network, attend speaker events and apply speculatively to companies you’ve read about that are doing really well.”