April 2nd, 2012

You’ll have heard of the MIDLIFE crisis – BUT thousands of people leaving education are heading for a QUARTERLIFE crisis. With over 8% of UK graduates unemployed and a third not finding a graduate level job; many students will be dreading a summer filled with applications, interviews and rejection letters. So how easy is that transition into adulthood and the ‘real’ world? Listen to BBC Radio Nottingham this morning when Paul Hacking will explain the challenge facing graduates.

My top 5 tips for surviving the QUARTERLIFE crisis and succeeding in the graduate job hunt:

  1. Be flexible – consider part-time work, short term contracts and doing 3/4 mini jobs, what is sometimes called portfolio work.
  2. Use social media to find work such as Linkedin only about a third of jobs are advertised.
  3. Network, network and network! Put yourself into new situations outside of your comfort zone.
  4. Update your IT skills. How about setting up your own blog to sell yourself to employers.
  5. Consider a short period of unpaid work experience.
Yes you will face uncertainty when you leave the relative security of university but you need to be active in meeting new people and making new friends away from university. Everyone else is feeling the same but may not show it!

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Paul Hacking previously Head of the Career Development Centre at Nottingham Trent University & chairman of the Fedora Careers & Employment Group (European HE guidance body).