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    (Original post by Jools)
    I remember in the late 1990s every broadsheet banging on about how the IT sector is massively under-subscribed and desperately needs more graduates to fill the high-paying jobs. And then everyone jumped on at once just as the bubble burst. Supply:demand seems a lot better stateside.
    Yep I am not really too concerned, becuase I have enjoyed 100% of my degree, and other sectors are still open to me, after a few months I might just decide to look at other sectors.

    yeh man, i think experience is the problem. u need to go out into ur field

    (Original post by orangepant)
    yeh man, i think experience is the problem. u need to go out into ur field
    But if nonody will give him a job its going to be very hard to that, I think that is what the problem is.

    You are not making it to interviews which means the problem lies in the first impression you are giving employers.

    I think you need to get your CV and coverletter reviewed by an "expert". I did so just last week and was mortified by how they ripped apart a CV that I thought was great. I revamped the whole thing and feel much more confident about my applications now. So that should be your first step. The careers center at my uni helped me out, it took about two hours, and they not only sharpened my CV but gave me the kind of moral support you need after a few rejections have landed in your mailbox!

    They might even be able to help you fix the huge problem that is looming about your failed MSc. That is really bad news if you are already finding that you are an undesirable candidate. You're going to need a lot of damage control to put a positive swing on something so negative.

    Secondly, my boyfriend is a programmer, although he has a BA and MA in History. He was fortunate enough to get into the IT scene some years back when it was still booming. It's sad but true that his work experience and worthless degree trump your relevant degree and no work experience, so you are certainly not over-qualified. I know this is vague, but he has taken IT certification courses for specific software packages. Costs maybe £80 to take the test, but if you pass you can start adding things to your CV that prove your abilities. The trouble with a degree is that they have no way of qualifying your skills in realtion to other applicants, but an independent exam in VB actually administered by Microsoft, for instance, THAT tells them something about the specific skills you have.

    Thirdly, you need to develop a portfolio of work. Offer in your coverletter to forward examples of your work for evaluation - and if that doesn't work, try sending some work as an appendix to your CV. Set up a website that you can direct employers to showcasing some of your best work.

    Finally, some of the other posters here have recommended that you get a job in a grocery store. I know its not ideal, but they are right! You need to get work, it will help your CV along in a major way. You might work for a small business as a shop assistance, and then talk your way into designing a website for them (perhaps for free, but cross your fingers for some money). Suddenly you can put it down on your CV not as "shop assistant" but as "web designer".

    Good luck!
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