Monday, 21 August 2017

"Go to university" they said...

"You'll get a better job" they said...

Look at that face. That's the face of a girl whose years of hard work has resulted in a First Class Degree and an award for 'Best Overall Student'. That's the face of a girl ready to take on the real world and start making her dreams a reality. That's the face of a girl excited for what the future has to hold.

(Really though, that's the face of a girl that's just relieved that she's managed to walk in 5inch heels across a stage and shake some random blokes hand. SUCCESS!)

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Fast forward almost two years to today - 21st August 2017. Donald Trump is busy being a twat and tweeting along the way, and a lady called Jill has just successfully escaped with a large sum of money on daytime TV. What a time to be alive.

Then there's me - little old me - watching the world go by in my unemployed, graduate life. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't expect any pity and I'm all too aware that good things aren't just handed to you on a plate. I just want to let it be known that job hunting is hard. Bloody hard. Graduate or not it's not an easy thing to deal with.

Just for some context, since graduation I've completed two internships, worked a crappy job to save for travelling and had a gap year. Gap year's are magical, wonderful things filled with discovery and happiness but, ultimately, I'm now an added year behind my 23 year old counterparts. Ok, that's fine.. no problem, we'll just play catch up. A lil LinkedIn search later and you've found what seems like a great entry-level opportunity...

Job requirements:

  • Educated to degree level, minimum 2:1 
  • Drive and desire to succeed
  • Interest in the field
  • And, oh what's that??? Minimum of two years experience in similar role

What I'd love is for a recruiter or employer to explain to me how they expect an entry-level candidate to come into a role with two years experience under their belt. Is there some mad time-travelling science that I'm missing out on here? This seems to be a reoccurring issue for me, and I know many others too. There's nothing more disheartening than getting that rejection email with a blanket response of "we've had an overwhelming number of applicants, and on this occasion you have been unsuccessful". No feedback on your application, no 'here's what you could do better', just a straight up no. Ok, cool, cheers. 

I don't want to sound like a moaning, self-entitled millennial and it's probably coming across that way, but believe me that is not my intention. I just wanted to write this post to reach out to those in a similar boat as me. It doesn't seem like it right now, but your time will come and when it does, all of your efforts will be worth it. All I can suggest is to keep pushing and don't let it get the better of you. As a great fish once said "...just keep swimming". (I should really learn to start taking my own advice)

If anyone out there has any tips 'n' tricks as to how to land that entry-level role, please holla!

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