The figures released today by The Guardian and The Higher Careers Service Unit are further evidence that graduates are going to face an uphill struggle in securing a job, let alone a job in their preferred field. The ones who will succeed are those who take a longer-term view of the situation and use it to their advantage to get ahead of the pack.
Help the decision along with some work experience...
Postgraduate study or training is always an option, as is volunteering, doing a stint of work experience or getting an internship, each of which allows candidates to broaden their horizons – and at least find out what they don’t want to do! Extra courses or evening classes – anything from bookkeeping and learning a new language to software programming or even stand-up comedy – add significant value to skill sets and CVs. Travelling is also a valid alternative, particularly when combined with activities that broaden your horizons.
Graduates have a tough time coming into this job market, but there are lots of options available to ensure that when they do get that ‘first job’, they know it will be the right job for them and they are in the best possible position to kick-start their careers.
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Our latest sign-up, CLEO B, is a brilliant shoe designer who’s just launched her debut collection. Trained at the Salvatore Ferragamo Design Studio in Florence, Cleo is making waves in the world of footwear: she has appeared in The Sunday Times and Vogue and also exhibited her collection during London Fashion Week.
Interviewed recently by infamous shoe blogger Cheryl “Fa’shoe’nista” Lynn, she describes how work experience is the most important and useful thing an aspiring designer can do…
FA’SHOE’NISTA: “Okay, fill in the blank. Those who want a career in the fashion industry should…”
Cleo Barbour: “Get as much work experience as possible and build their knowledge, confidence and contacts. I would recommend you do work experience in all aspects of the industry too, so that you understand the whole process and business side of things.”
WEXO's favourite shoe from CLEO B's collection
Read the whole FA’SHOE’NISTA interview with Cleo…
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Cleo Barbour, founder of CLEO B