If you are nearing the end of your varsity experience and graduation is approaching a lot faster than you ever expected it to, it is highly likely that you are starting to feel a bit anxious about finding a job. Anxiety and fear of officially entering the ‘big, bad world’ – that scary place that your parents have always told (or, rather, ‘warned’) you about, will also be top of mind.
Take comfort in the fact that you are definitely not alone! Countless students worry about the rising levels of unemployment, the competition that surrounds them, and the possibility of simply not having enough experience or knowledge to make it work. Here’s how to deal…
Go in There with Confidence
You know the saying ‘fake it ‘till you make it’? It’s most certainly a brilliant philosophy to have when entering the job market! You’d be amazed at how much faith a potential employer will have in you if you know how to ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’ with confidence in yourself and your abilities. Just be sure to make it known that you are also excited to learn new things and further expand on your skills in order to avoid coming across as arrogant or cocky.
Enrol in a Short Course
Don’t feel like you’re quite ready or properly equipped to do your ideal job justice? Don’t waste time. Take action and enrol in a short course so that you can start building up to a point where you feel competent!
If money is an issue, keep an eye out for any free community workshops in your area or, better yet, especially if you know a number of talented people, why not organise one of your own where everyone can learn from each other!
Find a Mentor
Not only will a mentor within the industry of your choice help to teach you all of the tricks of the trade, but he or she will also likely introduce you to a few individuals who might be able to assist you in advancing (or, at least, starting) your career. With a bit of work and a few well-timed pep talks, he or she will be there to help you to feel ready and fully equipped to go for your dream job… and do it to the best of your ability!
The bottom line? In order to reduce the anxiety associated with job hunting, confidence is key – and it is up to you to do what you need to in order to develop that confidence. The good news is that once you have it, there is very little that will stand in your way!