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    What kind of jobs are you applying for? It might be that they perceive you as being overqualified if you are going for run of the mill customer service stuff. Don't declare your first degree or your masters and you should get more chance.

    Generally graduate roles and trainee development roles. Anything that is advertised on my university careers portal.


    If you've already done that then you might have to consider your body language. You told us you had Aspergers which is a condition I share and I know it's hard to act 'neurotypical' but when in Rome you must do as Romans do. Maintain eye contact. Smile. Be friendly and polite. Even bring sweets to offer out to other candidates.

    That sounds very swee and I will try that idea. Thanks.

    How is your personal hygiene? Is your hair brushed and groomed? Are your teeth clean? Does your breath smell?

    Hair brushed. Teeth fine. Everything else fine.


    Is your interview attire smart and professional? Turning up in stained pants or jeans and trainers is going to get you nowhere in a hurry.

    Before it was a mess, but now its fine.

    Having long hair as a male, facial tattoos and piercing for bother genders are a big no no. Get rid of them. If you are a woman it helps to wear natural style makeup. Nothing clownish, just the kind that emphasises your natural beauty.

    I don;t have any of that! Thank god.
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    (Original post by Bill_Gates)
    Self confidence. That's what you need.
    You really think so?
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    Op, I remember seeing a TV programme about a recruitement agency that was specifically for people with Asperger's or Autism. Employers on the programme were keen to employ people with these conditions because they were reliable and had a good eye for detail. I bet if you googled it you'd find them. Good luck :-)
    p.s. the TV programme was aired recently, definitely this year.
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    I am not trying to get sympathy at all. I am just trying to establish whether that sounds bizzare or not. If someone said that to me my jaw would drop open.
    It's not bizarre at all, it's not unusual. You clearly don;t have much experience in the jobs market at the moment. You should be please that you are writing applications well enough to get to interview. Most people can't even do that and write hundreds of applications without even getting an interview.
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    what kind of jobs are you applying for?
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    (Original post by danalwill)
    what kind of jobs are you applying for?
    Graduate Jobs
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    It's not bizarre at all, it's not unusual. You clearly don;t have much experience in the jobs market at the moment. You should be please that you are writing applications well enough to get to interview. Most people can't even do that and write hundreds of applications without even getting an interview.
    Thanks, but I cant still help feeling I am a freak.
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    That's the problem with graduate jobs. They're highly subscribed, and applying to them will of course have an outcome difficult to predict. If you haven't had a job before, perhaps its best if you lowered expectations?
    Also; what is your BSc and MSc in? Do these match the graduate schemes at all? (not that there has to be, but it helps).
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    That's the problem with graduate jobs. They're highly subscribed, and applying to them will of course have an outcome difficult to predict. If you haven't had a job before, perhaps its best if you lowered expectations?
    Also; what is your BSc and MSc in? Do these match the graduate schemes at all? (not that there has to be, but it helps).
    BSc Biological Scienes 2:2
    Msc business management: Dont know probs a distinction/high merit.
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    (Original post by Kasa)
    BSc Biological Scienes 2:2
    Msc business management: Dont know probs a distinction/high merit.
    Not finished the MSc just yet?
    A problem is that most graduate schemes require a 2.1 - and may ask you to display how you have mitigated the 2.2. I suppose the masters does this to some degree (definitely does in practice, but not always on paper).

    When you're in interviews, where do you feel things go wrong? I assume you will have a general idea, and will have gotten some truthful feedback.
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    Not finished the MSc just yet?
    A problem is that most graduate schemes require a 2.1 - and may ask you to display how you have mitigated the 2.2. I suppose the masters does this to some degree (definitely does in practice, but not always on paper).

    When you're in interviews, where do you feel things go wrong? I assume you will have a general idea, and will have gotten some truthful feedback.
    A whole range of issues

    Not researching the company enough -- trying to work on that;
    Waffling
    Lack of relavant exp

    The trouble is that when I am trying to work on something a new critque emerges
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    (Original post by Kasa)
    A whole range of issues

    Not researching the company enough -- trying to work on that;
    Waffling
    Lack of relavant exp

    The trouble is that when I am trying to work on something a new critque emerges
    Those 2 points you raise can be improved relatively easily, first through training with an advisor (uni provides these to past students usually!), and secondly through volunteering or shadowing.

    What do you mean by your last point r.e. critique?
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    Those 2 points you raise can be improved relatively easily, first through training with an advisor (uni provides these to past students usually!), and secondly through volunteering or shadowing.

    What do you mean by your last point r.e. critique?
    Like when I am trying to work on something (like researching the company a bit more), but another criticism emerges like body language.

    I so hate having aspergers.
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    (Original post by Kasa)
    Like when I am trying to work on something (like researching the company a bit more), but another criticism emerges like body language.

    I so hate having aspergers.
    You will get there.
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    (Original post by Kasa)
    Like when I am trying to work on something (like researching the company a bit more), but another criticism emerges like body language.

    I so hate having aspergers.
    Aspergers as a label really doesn't say much at all, one of the reasons I think is why it was removed from the diagnostics manual.

    What is it about socialising you find difficult? If you have testing done by a neuropsych then you could perhaps find stratergies to improve specific areas you have problems with. Noones brain is perfect, and I for one have struggled all my life academically and socially until more recently. Your brain holds a fair amount of plasticity for change and improvement even till later life, so there is always hope. A diagnosis doesn't define you.

    You can also go to mock interviews or interview training with advisers.

    Researching the company is surely more of a 'time spent' thing - just make sure to be more thorough?
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    (Original post by stevey396)
    You're obviously not good enough for graduate jobs - you should've thought of this before wasting a year on a Masters.

    If I were you I'd completely give up on graduate jobs altogether - there's still plenty of others out there. Cleaner? Shop assistant? Fast food worker? Admin assistant? There's four suggestions for you already.
    Is that what you would do?
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    (Original post by stevey396)
    You're obviously not good enough for graduate jobs - you should've thought of this before wasting a year on a Masters.

    If I were you I'd completely give up on graduate jobs altogether - there's still plenty of others out there. Cleaner? Shop assistant? Fast food worker? Admin assistant? There's four suggestions for you already.
    I applied for those kinds of jobs and got rejected from that.
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    (Original post by Kasa)
    Is that what you would do?
    Yes - it's what any hard-working person would do. A non-graduate job is still a source of income and something to put on your CV to help with future applications.

    If you're still being rejected for these kinds of jobs you should do some voluntary work - charity shops take pretty much anyone so I'd recommend you start there instead of being completely unproductive like you are currently.
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    (Original post by stevey396)
    Yes - it's what any hard-working person would do. A non-graduate job is still a source of income and something to put on your CV to help with future applications.

    If you're still being rejected for these kinds of jobs you should do some voluntary work - charity shops take pretty much anyone so I'd recommend you start there instead of being completely unproductive like you are currently.
    That's fine and I will be doing that, but I am more concerned about the fact that you are saying won't find anything because I am not suitable for a graduate role. Are you trying to say I am inherently stupid? It's fine if you are.
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    (Original post by Kasa)
    That's fine and I will be doing that, but I am more concerned about the fact that you are saying won't find anything because I am not suitable for a graduate role. Are you trying to say I am inherently stupid? It's fine if you are.
    No - I'm saying that currently you are not suitable for graduate jobs as you have a poor result from your first degree and zero work experience, meaning you would be right at the bottom of the pile of applicants. You would probably stand a better chance after 4/5 years of work experience.
 
 
 
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