You’ve Graduated. What Next?

The months following graduation can lead you down many different paths. You may have planned to go travelling and therefore have worked and saved for a few months. You might have been organised in your final year of University and sorted out a job immediately following your graduation, ready to embark on your career. You may have just needed to find a job to keep yourself financed whilst you search for and apply to that perfect ‘entry-level’ role.

As I mentioned in my last post, finding a job after graduating can be a relentless process. It can take time to work out what you want to do. I found that I was applying for jobs that I had previously never heard of before and had stumbled across by chance through researching different industries.

In all honesty, there is no time frame as to when you can apply for a graduate role. Companies will just want to know what it is you have been doing and why you now want to pursue a particular career. I was applying for jobs two years after I had actually graduated. As long as you can back it up, you will be fine.

Here at amdas we are still getting graduate/ entry level roles coming in. It’s important to make sure your CV is tailored to the role you’re applying for. Companies want to see that you’ve spent the time researching what the role does, so use the keywords in the job description or advert in your CV and provide evidence and examples from previous education or professional experience. If you get invited to interview, you will need to demonstrate the skills you have said you possess. Your recruiter will help prepare you for this stage.

It is true that it is far easier when you have the flexibility of being able to interview whenever you want. However, employers ideally want to see that you have been doing something apart from just applying for jobs for months on end. Having a part-time job or doing an online course to demonstrate your desire and willingness to learn in the interim can be beneficial.

Here are a few examples of Graduate roles we have:

Graduate Marketing Executive

A lot of graduate marketing roles actually look for at least six months experience, companies want to see that you can hit the ground running. If you are still at university it is important you try to get valuable work experience or an internship in your summers and during those weeks you take on as much responsibility as possible.

Conference Producer

This is a role you may not have come across before. There are three key skills that our clients’ want to see, that you are entrepreneurial, able to research, and that you have excellent communication skills. The conference has got to be commercially viable, you have to ensure the content is attractive, the speakers are high profile, and that delegates will pay to attend.

Delegate and Sponsorship Sales

Once the conference producers have crafted their agenda, you then need your sales executives to get the sponsors and/or delegates to attend. Again, you must have excellent communication skills to be able to speak and engage with senior level delegates or sponsors at their level. This role can also be a great starting point to move into marketing or conference producing after.

You can view grad roles here.