With graduation fast approaching, thoughts turn to finding your first post-university job. With questions such as, “what is it I want to do?”, “what jobs are available to new university graduates?”, and “where can I turn to for help or information about employment opportunities for new graduates?”, it may sound like an overwhelming task but help and resources are available.
It is said that over 80% of the jobs are not advertised. If indeed this is the case, how can they be accessed? Networking is the key. Learning to connect with those you know and have not yet met becomes invaluable by tapping in to the hidden job market. Participation as student members in professional organizations or in professional network groups will build relationships that could help you access jobs after graduation. Sources of information about these can be obtained on-line with Linked In or Networking Today. Consider events such as employer information sessions, Western’s Career Fair, Job Expo, Career Week, and the Student 2 Business Networking Event as ready-made networking opportunities.
How Do I Get Started?
Tapping in to job search skill development opportunities such as workshops, interview practice, the Career Resource Library, and WERC (Western's Employment Resource Centre) all enhance those very necessary tools that will increase the likelihood of finding relevant and meaningful work after graduation.
Still uncertain of your career goals or type of work you wish to pursue? Then why not consider getting some individual assistance with defining what your work preferences are or how to proceed in order to bring clarity to your career planning and job search. Career Counsellors can assist you with your decisions and facilitate your journey to a post-graduation career.
There are many job posting sites available to you including The Student Success Centre’s CareerCentral where you can log in to find potential employment opportunities. The Student Success Centre’s website will also provide you with a number of other job search resources including those specific to some career areas. To look through advertised job postings, you can visit CareerCentral or other popular job posting sites here. Also, consider checking out Eluta for new grad opportunities linked to your academic program.