Graduating from a polytechnic or university is a big deal. It’s the end of an era and the start of a new chapter in your life, one that will undoubtedly be filled with many opportunities and challenges ahead. But as you begin filling out job applications and doing research on potential employers, it can be easy to forget about all those other people who graduated just before you—and they may not have had as much experience under their belts as you do. That’s what Frank Talk Now brings to you: To make sure that no matter how experienced or experienced-looking (sorry) your resume looks now, there are some things about grad school that still haven’t been covered yet!
The only competition you have is with yourself because no one is competing with you as it used to be when you were still in a tertiary institution, here you are the only one facing the realities of life.
You are not special. There are thousands of people who graduated at the same time as you, and they were all hired by the same companies. Companies don’t want to hire you because they are trying to help your family, or because they want a tax write-off for themselves. They want to hire people who will do their jobs well, which means working hard and doing what it takes for their company’s success over the long term.
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Congratulations! You’ve graduated from university and are now a fully-fledged adult. It’s time to stop comparing yourself with other graduates and start comparing yourself with your 10-year-old self. If you were the same person then as you are now, how would you feel about going for a job interview? Would it be scary or daunting? Would you be nervous about what employers would think of your lack of experience in the field? Or would it be easy because everyone else was having trouble getting jobs too (like they always do)?
These questions may seem impossible at first, but don’t worry — they’re actually very simple once we break them down into small steps: “What is my goal?” “How am I going get there?” “When am I going start working towards achieving this goal?” Let’s take each one individually:
- Your CV
Boldness is the key. You need to be confident in your abilities and not afraid to put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because you won’t know what you’re doing until you try something new!
Don’t give up. You will find a job, even if it takes time and effort. Even if you have to work as part-time or volunteer at an organization until you can afford your own space, or until the right opportunity comes along.
Don’t be afraid of asking for help when needed—you may not get it right away, but in the end it will pay off in many ways: better understanding of yourself and others around you; stronger relationships with family members who care about us more than we do ourselves; increased confidence in our abilities (and thus able to start businesses); more self-esteem overall…the list goes on! Don’t be afraid of taking risks either: try something new before settling into comfortable old habits!
So there you have it, the five things you need to know after graduation. Remember that there is no competition, you are unique and your story is worth sharing with people who care about you. You don’t have anything to prove anymore, so take control of your future by following these tips and don’t let anyone stop you from doing what’s best for yourself!