You've finished your A Levels. Everyone maybe telling you this is the worst possible time to find a job. It isn’t actually true, and here is why now is a great time to seize opportunity and go that extra mile to make yourself stand out from the crowd.
Congratulations! Your A levels have finished. You’ve made the big decision to go out into the big wide world.
But careful. Everyone maybe telling you this is the worst possible time to find a job. It isn’t actually true, and here is why now is a great time to seize opportunity and go that extra mile to make yourself stand out from the crowd.
Research what’s happening
In order to stand out in the current marketplace you have to get smart. Social media has made information more available than at any other time in the history of mankind. It is important to get smart and take the time to research. Which are the companies in growth sectors in your area? What are the personality types that they are looking for? How can you offer long term value to them as a potential candidate that they can grow and develop to help shape their business?
All of the information is there but you have to put in the time to find it. For information you can’t find, be bold, grow your network, be humble, ask for conversations, consider a mentor or a coach in a particular field and see what advice they can give you about which doors to open.
There are many people that go through a substantial academic pathway to finally graduate and then realise that perhaps they didn’t need a degree in Economics, or a degree in Marketing but actually what they needed was a degree in Excel or PowerPoint.
If you can take some time to find a course where you could develop some technical skills over the summer this could really add value to your product offering. If technical doesn’t suit you then show willing in another area. Employers love individuals with the right positive mindset and a can-do attitude, find a way to demonstrate this in the summer and the opportunities will find you.
Practice your communication
Communication is a hugely underrated skill. Careers and opportunities is about people. Find a way to practice how you will speak with professionals that may have opportunities, both informally and formally.
The best way to do this is to find a mentor, someone that can give you some industry language and perhaps you can play out some roleplays with them. If you can articulate things in the right way that is relevant to an organisation or sector you will be seen as a very attractive proposition.
Seeking Apprenticeships: The devil is in the detail
When applying for a highly competitive placement, the key is in the detail. Make sure you entrust in at least 2 or 3 people to give you feedback on any documentation you send off. Be bold and open to asking for help from those around you that care, you will be surprised how willing people can be.
Punctuation, grammar, tone and style are all extremely important and it is worth it’s weight in gold to take the time to get those things right when you are competing in a highly competitive marketplace.
This is one of the most important parts. In an ideal world you will be presented with your dream opportunity on the very first day.However unfortunately in the “real world” this is often unlikely. When you put yourself out into the universe there is likely going to be things that don’t go your way and some rejection.
At every opportunity, source feedback. Learn from it and evolve your style whilst still staying true to your own authentic values.Accept information graciously and never burn a bridge. If you respond in a positive and mature manner you may leave a lasting impression that could put you at the front of the queue next time round.
Finally, remember this key message:
Your future hasn’t been written yet. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.
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