Graduating comes with its own set of emotional challenges; one has completed a long and sometimes arduous tertiary journey only to be told that the real stress starts now. Resumes with updated photos. Corporate attire. Work ethics. Cover letters. Psychometric testing. As if these were not enough, one often has to embark on a strenuous job-hunting operation that’s riddled with a healthy dose of rejections. It’s no wonder many miss the carefree days of university where the only deadlines were for project and essay submissions.
Internships Set One Apart
This is an extremely relevant area to consider as early as possible as the groundwork (or rather all the work) is done pre-graduating. Many hirers (in Singapore) take a look at the sum total of internships that a candidate has completed when considering them for a position – they offer what is sometimes the only way to differentiate oneself from the hordes of graduates that come out with stellar academic results. Those who have had considerable internship experience also tend to be more adept at their jobs as tertiary life provides extremely different skill sets in comparison to the real working world.
For those who need help scoring their internship in a relevant area, platforms such as Glints offer comprehensive assistance to job seekers, from suggesting the right type of internship to offering guidance in keeping track of job applications at every phase.
The All-Important Interview
It’s been said before that once called for an interview, the position is one’s to secure or lose. It’s all about selling oneself in the most convincing manner possible. Given the short period of time, one has to do this, it’s valuable to pick up some skills that will set one apart from others.
Aside from the usual interview questions and such, there are several attributes that interviewers look for. One should exhibit traits of being a team player, able to work together with colleagues as well as autonomously when necessary. You WILL be asked to provide examples of how you have dealt with adversity as well as how long you plan to stay with the company. Sharpen that emotional intelligence and practice a bit of effective communication to nail that position.
Bring a Digital Mind Set to the Table
Buzzwords and key phrases aside, the term digital is extremely relevant today, especially with the government embarking on the Smart Nation initiative. If you’re a marketing graduate, pick up digital marketing while looking for work. If you’re a content producer, learn SEO to foolproof your future career. These learnable skill sets will only make you more attractive to any company that you wish to join.
And there you have it, a few tips on how to polish oneself for the sometimes unforgiving and competitive world that is graduate employment. Use every tool you have at your disposal to make your road to your first position easier. Always remember that the journey is sometimes as important as an end-point.