Welcome to another edition of 7 Secret Sundays!
What is 7SS?
Well, it’s a ‘reveal all’ mini blog series, which will give you the hints, tips and insider secrets of studying abroad.
Applying to study abroad is a complicated and difficult process - we get it!
So, we wanted to create something especially for you, the student, that helps with your journey!
This blog is going to address the questions we get asked all the time.
I’m going to talk about the best things you can do that will secure a job after graduation and why students fail.
Yet again, debunking the haters that say “it’s impossible to get a job in the UK” - The reality is, the people saying this are lazy and didn’t try very hard.
Oh no, we’ve mentioned it again.
If you’re an avid reader of our blogs, you’ll see a common theme here.
We encourage you to prepare for an IELTS and take the exam.
It’s not just about the result, the preparation alone will help improve your English levels.
We had a student today refuse to do an IELTS which effectively ended her dream of studying abroad. For what? A few hours a week practising and a short exam, her dream is now over.
It’s not just about the IELTS certificate, it’s everything else that comes with having an IELTS.
The practice and the confidence you’ll receive will help you find employment after you’ve graduated.
Employers want confident, talented individuals, and if you are looking to work in the UK, you’ll need to be a confident English speaker.
2. Networking - Build a LinkedIn profile!
Networking is a fancy/professional way of being social.
It’s so easy to network nowadays.
It’s as simple as creating a LinkedIn profile and connecting with people in the industry you want to work in.
If you use Facebook or Instagram, you’ll be able to master LinkedIn pretty easily. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, but rarely use it or engage with people, start today.
Don’t wait until you’ve arrived in the UK and you’re halfway through your course.
Starting connecting with people at the companies you see yourself working with.
Slowly grow your network and your opportunities will multiply!
You must have heard of the saying… “It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.”
When you do arrive in the UK, you’ll be able to use the university to further your networking and when it comes to completing your course and finding employment, you’ll have a head start on everyone else.
3. Volunteer Work
Nobody wants to work for free, but with how competitive the job market is in this economy, getting hold of experience is KEY!
Look for opportunities to volunteer in the industries you want to work in.
It can be anything.
If you want to be a software developer, and a software development company has an opportunity to volunteer in ANY part of the company, go for it.
Don’t be stubborn and think “if it’s not the job I want, I won’t do it.”
Getting your foot in the door is so important and offering your services as a volunteer shows a company that you’re willing to go the extra mile.
4. Ditch the big companies
You may have your sights set on working in one of those fancy Google offices, you know, the ones with slides instead of staircases and free lunches every day.
But, if you’re not willing to expand your horizons and look elsewhere, you’ll be booking your flight back home before that Google employee reaches the bottom of the slide!
My point here is, there are other great companies to work for.
Look for smaller, growing companies.
Not only will they have less competition, but you’ll probably learn a lot more working there and have a better job title.