Already thinking ahead to landing your dream graduate job? Are you wanting to fastrack your career ahead of graduation? Here are our three top tips for making that happen:
Tip 1: Widen your connections
This is so important when thinking about your future career. There are so many platforms for building new connections which will allow you to connect with those in your chosen industry and keep up to date with industry news and trends.
One of these is LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/
Another platform for building connections is Shapr- https://shapr.co/fr/shapr-networking/
Shapr is the Tinder of the business networking world. You can swipe through profiles and can connect with another person if they have also swiped on your profile. This is a good platform to gain mentors or advice from industry professionals. You can put certain tags in your profile which will help others understand what you are looking for. For example; looking for a mentor, looking for new opportunities or get inspired. You can then use the messaging function to start a conversation.
Tip 2: Experience
At Udrafter we 100% believe this is key in order to help bridge the gap between education and industry. Many graduates will complete their degree and leave university to enter a job with little or no experience in their field. Although many students will have the underlying theory they may not have previously put it into practice. Getting practical experience while you are university will help you net your dream job faster. This is where Udrafter comes in. You can complete degree relevant projects while studied in order to put your theory into practice and build-up experience.
Tip 3: Evidence
Experience and evidence go hand in hand. In order to help you to fastrack your career, you will need to be able to prove to future employers that you can do what you say you can. A good way to do this is by creating a portfolio. With permission, you can include projects you have worked on in and out of university. For example, if you are studying graphic design you may want to include all of the designs you have done throughout your time at university. This can be done using a portfolio website through sites likes www.wix.com or www.squarespace.com
Evidencing does tend to be easier for those who are graduating with a visual or creative degree such as marketing, engineering, art or architecture. If you are studying something like accounting consider creating mock accounts and putting them all into a document to show to employers at an interview for a graduate job.
For all of these tips don’t be scared to get creative and learn new ways to network or evidence. If you are interested in gaining degree relevant work experience sign up as a student at udrafter.com.