04 December 2017 | Career Advice | Guest Author
Graduating from university is perhaps one of the biggest reality checks in a young person’s life. From focusing most of their efforts to meet standard requirements in school, they will have to make the shift toward making themselves incredibly versatile so that they become as appealing a recruit as possible to companies.
Business organisations or companies have different expectations, and taking them all into account can be rather daunting.
The employment scene is not easy to conquer
It’s worth pointing out as well that the job search scene is fiercely competitive. Not all candidates are given the same opportunities – some enjoy better odds purely because they’re from famous universities, for example.
Also, quite often enough, fresh graduates learn that their university education is not enough to set themselves apart and prove that they will be a good asset to potential employers. Plus, a lot of companies don’t believe that marks or grades in university tell much about applicants’ true abilities.
Build your skills and experience to become more competitive
It’s a battlefield out there, and you need to make sure that you don’t only have an impressive university education going for you; you must also have a collection of useful skills and experiences. Therefore, when job hunting is not yielding the results that you’re aiming for, you can try splitting your time between searching for employment and improving yourself.
There’s a host of learning opportunities available to fresh university graduates. These do not only expand skills, but they also provide credibility.
There are plenty of certification programs available; you have NEBOSH International General Certificate courses, IOSH certificate courses, and others to help you become more eligible for managerial positions. Do consider language lessons as well so you don’t have to be limited to local employment opportunities.
5 additional reasons to continue learning after college
1. Learning new things can accurately define what you truly want to do.
Most of the time, college life doesn’t provide enough experiences for you to do so. When you continue learning outside of school, you gain more social interactions and learn about the application of knowledge in a variety of real-life situations.
2. Growing your interest can provide a better perspective of what you’re truly good at.
It’s not uncommon for fresh graduates to learn that they majored in something that they weren’t particularly good at. When you take the time to study something that you really like, you take yourself closer to the discovery of what you truly excel at.
3. New learning can build your strengths and character.
Increasing knowledge will help solidify your sense of self. You can better assess yourself to plan your career path more effectively.
Also, because you’re still young and you don’t have a clear idea yet about your future, learning more will help you overcome a rigid sense of self. You’ll be able to look at more possibilities and have the assurance that there are many ways for you to become a strong candidate for different job positions.
4. Non-stop learning can ensure your growth in your chosen career.
Change truly is a constant thing and you will experience a lot of it in whatever field you end up in. If you’re a persistent learner, you’ll be able to roll with this dynamic easily and ensure your efficacy in your profession despite the changes. You’ll always be relevant in your industry.
5. You become a problem solver.
Problem solvers are vital members of any organization. One of the surefire ways to become one is to have a tremendous level of know-how. To possess this important quality, you need to be a person who’s always learning something.
When you have a rich bank of information, you can link different types of knowledge as a great formula to solve any kind of problem. This will make you a huge asset to any company looking for a new employee.
Learning should never stop when schooling does. It should be a lifetime commitment, especially if you have a set purpose for your life. So if you want to get ahead in the employment search game, continue learning while vying for job positions.
Dave Newgass is the owner and Managing Director of Wise Global Training Ltd. Born and raised in a small California coastal fishing town but now living in the United Kingdom, Dave's goal is to ensure that clients are not only happy with the IOSH and NEBOSH online courses they purchase from Wise Global Training Ltd., but are also happy with the total experience as a whole.