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    Hi all,

    I am soon to graduate and I honestly don't know what I am going to do.
    Not because I haven't thought about it. Its more, I feel as though I'm probably going to fall into a dead-end job for a while before I go on to pursue my ideal job (related to my degree).

    Is this a normal sort of process for many recent graduates?

    I feel a disparity between what university lecturers may infer to us, and what actually happens to a significant segment of the graduate populations.

    The notion that, life doesn't ever work out as we plan, of course we can schedule appointments with careers advisors, attend CV workshops, apply, apply and apply for jobs/or internships...yet may still be knocked back and be unsuccessful.

    I guess I feel a little conflict between the 'land' I have lived in inside my head, and the harsh reality of probably having to settle for a dead end job after graduation.

    Now on to the more precise reasons for my posting....

    I don't know what to do. I am a creative arts/media student with an ambition to secure a full time job with an SME or large organisation as a designer. However, I feel I lack the skills (even now) to beat the many other hundreds of candidates applying to jobs- despite doing all I can to increase chances.

    Failing this, I wouldn't mind going freelance, however, I lack the business acumen to do this, despite learning bits and pieces about business and creative leadership at uni. I feel some of the content hardly ever relates to the real world.

    Sure, I can set up my own website, could probably tweak it, market myself, write a good CV/essay/report, and have adequate analytical skill. However, I lack the people skills, and socialisation to succeed in today's competitive world.

    I applied for a graduate job about two months ago-- got to interview stage, however, was unsuccessful because they wanted someone immediately for the post, and i was still in uni. They did however, remark that they were impressed with my CV and interview, though I feel this was to be nice.

    I am in need of morale support and some practical suggestions in what others would do in my situation?
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    The system.. What are you talking about? You chose to pursue further education, you're not owed a job especially in this climate. Do what you want to do, but don't blame others lol
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    If you've had an interview, then people are clearly interested in you. It's really just a case of playing the numbers game - you'll get a job eventually if you keep plugging away at it.

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    Hi all,

    I am soon to graduate and I honestly don't know what I am going to do.
    Not because I haven't thought about it. Its more, I feel as though I'm probably going to fall into a dead-end job for a while before I go on to pursue my ideal job (related to my degree).

    Is this a normal sort of process for many recent graduates?

    I feel a disparity between what university lecturers may infer to us, and what actually happens to a significant segment of the graduate populations.

    The notion that, life doesn't ever work out as we plan, of course we can schedule appointments with careers advisors, attend CV workshops, apply, apply and apply for jobs/or internships...yet may still be knocked back and be unsuccessful.

    I guess I feel a little conflict between the 'land' I have lived in inside my head, and the harsh reality of probably having to settle for a dead end job after graduation.

    Now on to the more precise reasons for my posting....

    I don't know what to do. I am a creative arts/media student with an ambition to secure a full time job with an SME or large organisation as a designer. However, I feel I lack the skills (even now) to beat the many other hundreds of candidates applying to jobs- despite doing all I can to increase chances.

    Failing this, I wouldn't mind going freelance, however, I lack the business acumen to do this, despite learning bits and pieces about business and creative leadership at uni. I feel some of the content hardly ever relates to the real world.

    Sure, I can set up my own website, could probably tweak it, market myself, write a good CV/essay/report, and have adequate analytical skill. However, I lack the people skills, and socialisation to succeed in today's competitive world.

    I applied for a graduate job about two months ago-- got to interview stage, however, was unsuccessful because they wanted someone immediately for the post, and i was still in uni. They did however, remark that they were impressed with my CV and interview, though I feel this was to be nice.

    I am in need of morale support and some practical suggestions in what others would do in my situation?
    Yes, applying for jobs out of uni sucks, and you're unlikely to land a great one immediately. That's just life unfortunately.

    When you get out of university, apply to anything remotely related to what you want to do and work your way towards what you really want to do. The worst thing for your CV is an unexplained gap, so keep yourself busy.
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    Unfortunately, very few people these days walk out of a degree and into a good job in their target career. That scenario probably last happened (if it ever did) in the 1980s, when only 2% of the population went to uni. There is no 'system'.

    Good advice from posters above. Your degree has given you a good foundation and proves to an employer that you can commit to a longer-term goal and achieve it. You will probably apply for many jobs - most of them not really what you want to do - before you actually get one. The fact that you've already got as far as an interview is very positive. The trick is not to lose heart and to keep on applying. It may take a few more years to get exactly where you want to be, but you certainly won't ever get there if you give up.
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    I graduated in 2012, see my blog in my sig. All I'll say is, things can get really hard but don't feel like you're the only one and just keep trying. The best advice I have to you or any other graduate is: do not give up. You will probably have to do work that is not what you wanted to do/imagined you'd be doing after university - don't let it get to you just keep your CV up to date. You need to have a thick skin and a determined attitude and most importantly - a long term goal to keep you motivated.

    Edit: and to the people saying their is no 'system', yes there is, it's called society and you've been a part of it from the moment you were born all the way through primary/secondary/tertiary education and now you're a part of it's workforce until you're too old and frail to work. The problem is that society has told you that if you follow all the rules and work really hard you'll enter the workforce higher up the ladder and get a well paid job - well that was a complete lie and the lie has been told the poor for as long as time (infamously in the 1940's as 'Arbeit Macht Frei). If you're born wealthy you'll be fine, if you're not -the struggle doesn't end just because you have a piece of paper from a university. But there's no other option but to persevere.
 
 
 
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