Be resilient

It’s so important to develop resilience during the job searching process. We all know how easy it is for rejections to knock our confidence, and job searching can feel very solitary after the buzz of Uni. As a student you had a clear identity, and a reason why. Suddenly you are hunting for a new role in life, and that poses fundamental questions about who you are.

Here are a few tips to help keep you sane:

  1. Understand that there is an element of luck in every career move. This simply fact of life is central to my favourite theory of career development. It is called the theory of Planned Happenstance; and it suggests that hunting for a job is about playing luck to our advantage. That means seizing opportunities when they come our way, and being philosophical about the role that luck plays.
  2. Don’t expect too much too soon. It can sometimes take a year or two to find the right REAL graduate job (one that properly uses your intelligence!). Give yourself space and time to find that opportunity. A panic move into something that feels wrong can take time to put right.  But on the other hand, don’t be frightened about starting at the bottom – as long as you know where you are heading.
  3. Have a life beyond the job search. Remember that employers are looking for interesting individuals – so that gives you the license to schedule enjoyment into the agenda!


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