(Original post by Meee123)
Its relatively easy to get experience, even if it's voluntarily. My sister has practically no qualifications, but built up a years worth of solid experience volunteering for 3 organisations and work experience at a 'normal' company', and is only part-way through her first 'real' qualification at A level, level (level 3). She's had NO problem going into her first job on the first rung her chosen career, because of this, despite the fact she isn't a graduate.
Students have 3 years to get work experience, and whilst I understand some courses are more demanding than others academic and time-wise, there is ALWAYS something you can do. I did a design degree and as well as working on 'live' briefs throughout uni, I volunteered at local organisations and did all their design/marketing work, nagged the hell out of local design studios (I'm surprised I never got a caution for harassment!
) until they offered me work experience, even if it was for the odd day. I did much more than this but you get the drift. I was offered a full-time job before I finished my degree and got my result.
I'm career changing at the moment and am going to follow a similar path to before and what my sister did. I've sought advice from recruitment companies/ and organisations I'm interested in working for, and already got 2 placements lined up within just a few hours of trying. These have recieved a good reception before I've even started!
Graduates don't really have much excuse to be honest and there's NO reason one such leave uni with an empty CV that has nothing except a degree on it. I know people with 3rds in really '5h1t' subjects, but have amazing careers.
I've run a very small business before (just a local cleaning company), and the person with even a bit of initiative to make their own way would win over the expectant 'qualified' person with zilch experience EVERY TIME. What you need to remember is that employers want to make MONEY, and so you need to think from an employers point of view, and think what can YOU offer THEM, and not vice versus! NO BODY is 'entitled' to a job.
I know I sound like a cold hearted cow, but I'm sick of people complaining about being inexperienced and unable to find work, as it does nothing for us but but bring damnation from every other section of society....graduates this, graduates that...
If you really want to get experience, out of the catch 22 situation, you can, but only you can do it.
Seriously though, I only intend to be encouraging here and If anyone needs any help PM and I'll give some suggestions etc. (I seem to be the local careers adviser anyway!)