Struggling to find a job after uni is a common thing among graduates. In 2014, TotalJobs found that six months after graduating, 40% of graduates were still looking for a job. While there is no more current research, if you speak to any recent graduates they can tell you how difficult they found it. Or even that they still don’t have a job after graduating from university the previous year.
Getting a job after graduation is really difficult and can be disheartening to anyone, let alone someone that’s been told that getting a degree will boost their career prospects.
It’s so important that you don’t get affected by the job hunt, as it is totally normal for it to take time. But sometimes sitting at your desk (or in your bed, no one’s judging) seven days a week just applying for jobs isn’t the best thing for you.
To avoid getting cabin fever and going insane from submitting applications, here are some ideas of how you can spend your time when you’re struggling to find a job after uni.
Volunteer and boost your skills
If you’ve got even four or five hours spare within a week, volunteering can be a great option to use your time positively. Not only can it provide you with the opportunity to meet new people and gain new skills, volunteering can also increase your self-confidence and happiness.
Feeling like you’re giving back can do wonders for your self esteem, especially during a time when you feel like you’re not moving forward.
There are so many opportunities for volunteering, from working in a charity shop to helping out at a cafe, and so much more. Head to this website to find volunteering opportunities near you.
Online courses suited to graduate roles
One thing that we can miss between university and landing a first job is the chance to learn new things. While job rejections can teach us patience and resilience, there’s nothing quite like learning a new skill or qualification.
If you find a course within the industry you’re trying to get into, this could help boost your prospects too for landing that dream graduate job.
Take up a hobby or sport in your spare time
When weeks and months start passing you by while you’re looking for work, it starts to feel like you don’t do much anymore. This is the perfect chance to start a new hobby or sport, so if you’re feeling frustrated about your situation you can do something that you enjoy to take your mind off it.
Make it your full-time job to look for a job
Now this is arguably the most important thing to do when you’re looking for a job, but I left it until last as most people know this already.
It’s really good to get into a routine with your job hunting, not only for applying to jobs but making sure you’re choosing the right industry too. It’s important to recognise that if you’re not finding anything after months, you should re-evaluate your approach and check that your desired industry is right for you and your experience.
Try to get out and look for jobs too, visit different cafes and freelance office spaces to mix up your routine!
It can be difficult to continue to look for jobs when you’re receiving rejections, or not even hearing back at all. You just have to trust the process and know that you will find a job!
What other ways have you kept going with your job hunt? Leave a comment below to help other graduates!
If you’ve not got much experience, check out how to get experience without a job.