It is a tough time to be a new graduate, and tougher yet for someone without a 2.1. Yet a degree of less than the magic grade may demonstrate character and commitment that would be an asset to an employer.
A bigger issue is the passing of time. Naturally graduates may take some holiday, and then spend time applying for jobs. However, soon it will be 6 months since graduation, and worse a new year’s graduates will be on the employers’ horizons.
Couple this with the fact that the longer someone is without work the more adjustment is necessary on starting a job. Rightly or wrongly, that makes those already in jobs more attractive.
What to do?
1. Avoid the trap of thinking that it is nearly Christmas – take action now.
2. Remember, if you are not working, finding work is your full time job, for 40 hours per week. Do it.
3. Review your CV, or better yet, ask someone else who will be honest to do so. Helpful books from our bookshop here.
4. Review your interview skills, and your answers to common questions.
5. If your enthusiasm is flagging, find an accountability partner, possibly a fellow graduate in the same position. Encourage each other to commit to action, then to take it.
And remember “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.”