Months After Your Graduation and Still Unemployed? This is What You MUST Do
You recently graduated from university, you celebrated, made ululations and threw up a lavish whooping sum of money on graduation parties for friends, relatives, exes and the like to a tune of over a million shillings.
A few months down the road, you are pecking and combing offices, streets in search of a job. The question is, “do you ever think of what the amount of money you used for organizing your graduation party could do for you? …imagine if you had invested it or opened up a small scale business.“
I know you’re ready to brave the working world; congratulations! Entering this new phase of your life is exciting, but you may find yourself asking: now what?
As a recent graduate, it’s easy to think that you deserve a job straight out of campus, and maybe you do, but things don’t always work the way we want them and often the job hunt is longer and more frustrating than you’ll expect.
If you’re a recent graduate and unemployed, then this article’s for you on what you must do.
1. Pursue as many options as you can
The more jobs you apply for after graduation, the greater your chances of landing one (pretty obvious, I know). You’ll quickly realize just how many jobs you need to apply for before hearing anything back. I know you want your dream job right now, but you might not get it right away, so it’s important to keep your options open and pursue whatever you can. You’ll be much more likely to land a job and make connections, and you never know whom you’ll meet or where you’ll end up as a result of your efforts. Being assertive in your pursuit will also increase your resilience, which will make you a stronger person and a better job hunter.
2. Let go of your sense of entitlement
You’ve worked hard to finish your degree, diploma whatsoever, so it makes sense that you feel entitled to a good job right away. You’ve put lots of time, money, and energy into earning your degree, but it’s important to be humble and realistic and to realize that you’re one of many in the exact same boat. Having a degree doesn’t guarantee a job of a certain caliber, and you have to start somewhere small. It’s better to be “underemployed” than to have no job at all. Take it one step at a time, take the opportunities you are given, and keep pursuing your ultimate goal.
Volunteering is a great way of being productive with your time and networking. Whether or not you find a volunteering position in your field, now is a great time to volunteer with an organization whose cause you support. Not only will this look good on your cv, but it will also teach you valuable skills and get you in touch with a variety of persons you might not have met otherwise.
4. Don’t get discouraged
Never stop looking; this is key! When your job hunt has gone on for months, it’s easy to get discouraged, and it’s frustrating to force yourself to continue, especially when you feel like nothing is happening. However, all it takes is one job application to turn things around. If you give up, you’ll really have no chance of landing anything. New jobs pop up every day, and there are lots of tools and resources you can use to get one. Try www.hiretheyouth.org for instance. Keep networking, telling people about your job search and interests.
5. Don’t disregard jobs that are outside your field
It’s better to have a job than no job at all. And don’t worry you can still look for a job that better fits your education, qualifications, and interests while you’re working at a less desirable one. You may have to serve coffee or be a shop attendant, but at least you’ll be filling your time, networking, making some money, and forming productive habits. As long as you’re smart with your time and stick to a routine, you’ll still have time to pursue other options and apply to other jobs.
6. Embrace rejection
You may think you’ve found your dream job, only to get rejected. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but this is a good thing. Perhaps you wouldn’t have been a good fit, or the job wouldn’t have turned out the way you thought it would. The right job will come along, and you’ll realize that getting rejected wasn’t so bad after all.
7. Make time to do things that you enjoy and network
It’s important to have hobbies and make time for friends, family, and yourself! This will keep you grounded and help you realize that there are many different ways to create a fulfilling life. Networking through constructive youth clubs, rotary or lion’s club or even with a group of your former classmates and peers will give you a wide spectrum of links to jobs.
8. Keep an active routine
Just because you’re unemployed doesn’t mean that you can sleep in until 2:00 p.m. Everyday and lounge around watching TV. Having a routine while you’re not employed is just as important as having one when you are! Now, I’m not saying you need to wake up at 6:00 a.m every morning to get your day started, but sticking to a schedule is imperative to helping you stay motivated and focused on your goals.
9. Stay positive, be consistent, and keep your goals at the forefront of your mind
Being a recent graduate who is unemployed is tough, but remember that things tend to work themselves out; sometimes it just takes a little longer than we want it to. As long as you’re putting in as much effort as you can and never giving up, you are bound to see results. You may not land the job you’ve always dreamed about straight out of school, but, as clichéd as it sounds, the path to success isn’t always straight.
You never know whom you’ll meet along the way or how an experience working at a boutique or shop could help you in three years. As long as you pursue as many options as you can, stay busy and active with an attitude of never giving up, you’ll be able to enjoy this post-grad experience and embrace this new chapter of life as a recent graduate.