Chapter 11: A bit of motivation to those graduates that are struggling to find work

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Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Japanese proverb

Dear readers,

First of all I apologise for my absence as I have been very busy with my own personal life therefore, I will probably be posting less till I sort out my current situation. Nevertheless, I came across an important issue that needs to be addressed. I never knew the situation on how difficult it is for graduates to find work that they could build a desirable career from after university. This is because as soon as I graduated (last year) I was lucky enough to find work straight away, but things have changed and circumstances made me realise on how this can affect  our mental health and increase stress. Well don’t worry, I am here to motivate you to have the strength to carry on till you achieve your goals.

Always remember why you have attended university in the first place

It is important to always keep in mind the reason why you went to university and dealt with all the stress, and the struggles that studying has on offer. You obviously had goals such as gaining and enriching knowledge for a particular subject that would help you with your future career. Therefore,  if you didn’t give up then, why would you give up now?

You have spent years learning everything about it and now all you need to do is put it into practice. I know the frustration as without little or no practical experience our chances for work are very limited but there is always that one employer that will see the potential in you and will give you a chance. So don’t be discouraged when you get rejected.

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Build a job profile if you don’t have one yet

In order to put yourself out there you should always have a job profile ready. I would suggest that you update your CV and try to add anything that would make you stand out from the rest of your competitors. I would also advise that you build a Linked in profile as in there you can sometimes contact the employer directly rather than recruiters. For more information on this please read my previous blog ‘Chapter 4: How to find a job?‘.

Don’t leave gaps on your CV

If you have an opportunity to find a part-time or a seasonal job, take it! It is very important that you avoid any gaps on your CV. I know that sometimes it is impossible to leave no gaps as the job market is getting more and more difficult but it is worth a try.

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Understand that getting your desirable job is becoming more difficult

The job market is indeed getting harder never mind finding your dream job. However, do not be discouraged because your time will come. Nothing is easy in life, you have to go through the struggles in order to achieve your goals. The key is to always find something that makes you smile and gives you strength in this journey. For example, talk to your family and friends and they might be able to help you mentally but also they might know of some opportunities through the word of mouth. Find an activity to participate in while you are looking for work so you don’t get bored at home doing nothing, this lowers depression and any anxiety that you might suffer from.

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You are worth it!

Be humble and your time will come. If you work hard at it, you will be where you want to be. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed so never forget that, when you feel like there is no hope.

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

–Arthur Ashe

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

–Winston Churchill

 

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Love you guys!!

xoxo Anita

 

 

 

 

 

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