A five-year study by Rutgers University showed that only 50% of college graduates landed jobs between 2008 and 2011. That is correct. One entire half could not get a job, any job. Learn the facts and you’ll realize that this statistic isn’t very surprising, to begin with. There will always be those that beat the odds, and we call some of the lucky, the rest – brilliant. So, how do you acquire that flare of brilliance, and on a modest note – luck? Read on and follow through on these points.
- Do not count on your education
A high GPA means little for several jobs past the first screening, some disregard it altogether. Even the best of programs, respected and valued throughout the world, fail to give you the coveted golden ticket to a job.Few, if any at all, teach you how to plan and manage your career.
Few teach the latest methods and technologies in use with any depth. No, the system is not flawed. It is simply inadequate.
Buckle up; get yourself an internship or an apprenticeship. You’ll weep when friends holler out party calls and yahoo, but the professional experience will give you an invaluable edge when you graduate.
- Stop acting like a student
Do you recall the elite or lucky ones I talked of earlier? They graduated, put themselves out there and landed great jobs. Grit your teeth and make it yourselves. If you are just starting out in college, get an internship every vacation. This will keep you ahead of the curve, by a huge margin. If you’re already in your last year, scramble for one and forge some industry presence.
Simply put, pretend, become, and breathe professional before you even begin your first day at work. Even
throughyour interviews, refer to your professional work in the past tense. The more you convince them of that, the lesser your prospective employers think of you as a student. It’s a given that even with all this, your work needs to represent something great.
- Learn some manners
If you have ever heard of assessment centers, you will know that this is a graduate’s rite of passage into a corporate job. Nobody cares if you’re the second coming of Bill Gates if you are failing as a human being.
Your technical knowledge will speak for itself some time through the whole process. Employers value soft skills along the lines of teamwork, communication skills, and a solid work ethic. In fact, many have gone on to cite that graduates today severely lack in the mentioned aspects.
- Inspired by Bart Cleveland