Finishing uni can be daunting as heck. Trying to find a job, maybe move out of home, and still have something resembling a social life. It can be a damn stressful time, and when all your mates are making moves it can become an anxious time real quick.
So we’ve teamed up with our pals at BENCHMARQUE to bring you a bunch of sneaky tips to stay calm and also level up post uni. You got this.
#1 Keep Up Your Casual Work
There’s nothing worse than halting whatever kind of routine you’ve got going. Having said this, don’t feel rushed to be swept into that full time 9-5 everyone pressures you into. Obviously you need a bit of cash to keep you going (and potentially to start paying your debts, moving out of home etc), so keep up that part-time job, or apply for one if you haven’t before. You’ll appreciate the income and even saving a few dollars a week is going to help you in the long run. That bartending job never looked so good.
#2 Don’t Freak Out
Finishing up with uni is a pretty stress heavy time. I mean, you’re actually a real adult now, and there’s no going back. Just take things one day at a time and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You’re still young and if it suits you, working a casual job or taking some time out to travel may just be what you need before boosting yourself into a career. Ignore what your fellow grads are up to and focus on you.
#3 Perfect Your Resumé
Now you’re free of never ending exams and assignments, you can really take your time to perfect your resumé that employers are going to love. Don’t forget to make it stand out and really show off your skills. Remember all those hospo jobs you’ve worked since you were 16? Well there are so many transferable skills to be mentioned that’ll boost your resumé. You’ve been a salesperson, marketer and let’s face it, your people skills are going to be through the roof.
#4 Make A Smart Move
There’s so much pressure to get a corporate office role or a “career job” (wtf is this though) the minute you graduate. But do you really want to do that? As we touched on, don’t let other people influence your life. Do you love the barista gig that you’ve got going? Or maybe your love of cocktails could translate into the whole mixologist life? (Yes there are real jobs in that..)
Look at options within the company you work for to see if you can move up the chain internally. Take full advantage of those contacts you’ve already made and look into moving into the role of your dreams – without having to put a full application in.
#5 If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get
Although it may be bloody scary, you have full control of what you do with your life post-grad. So why not apply for jobs that interest you, rather than looking at those that are expected of you and your degree? Don’t let the preconceptions get to you and manage your own life. Really interested in that managerial job but unsure you have the right experience? Go for it. You never know, you might just get your lucky break – and half the time you might meet a contact or professional who can help you along the way.
Stressed about post-uni struggles? It can be a super tough gig, and finding the right job can be a mission. But our friends at BENCHMARQUE are here to help ‘ya out with all of the job opps! Simply fill out the form below or click here and they’ll send you job openings from casual hospitality gigs to more permanent roles. All you need is that foot in the door!
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