What to do if you don’t have a job after graduation in Singapore

Congratulations on getting your degree/diploma! You are now all ready to step into a whole new different world – adulthood. You may have friends who have already secured their official first full-time employment before they have graduated, and these friends may be basking in the celebratory mood of graduation. Whilst you are excited about graduation, there is also that niggling worry stirring in your heart about your job hunts. If this sounds like you, then read on.

The journey in securing your first job may be tough and rough, but don’t worry. You’re not alone. Many graduates do take awhile to find their first job after their graduation. How do you then spend the time you have meaningfully if you do not have a job yet? We show you 6 things you can do if you don’t have a job after graduation.

1. Get a part-time job

Staying at home all day waiting to be called up for interviews can be a little depressing sometimes. Having a part-time job will allow you to save up some money to pay off your student loans, if you have any, or even earn some cash to tide through your days as you await your employment. This way you wouldn’t have to feel so guilty when you go out with your friends. Additionally, you could do part-time jobs that are related to the full-time jobs you are interested in. Doing so would help you to build up your experiences and resume.

*Tip: Get a job that allows you to work flexibly or even a freelance job so that you will be able to schedule your interviews easily.

2. Attend seminars or workshops

The key thing about spending your time meaningfully before you get a job, is to never stop learning. Often, there are free seminars or workshops organized by universities or companies that you can attend to learn more about the industry that you are interested in. Never stop building the knowledge library you have in your head and keep your brain active. You can also browse courses on Skillsfuture and get a subsidy!

Of course, if you are interested in paid courses and have the budget for it, go for it!

3. Schedule an appointment with your school’s career advisor

Getting a job is not all about having stellar grades and a university degree/polytechnic diploma. Sometimes it’s also about the way you make your first impression through the resumes you sent out, or how you present yourself during your interviews. And to get some guidance this, you can schedule an appointment with your school’s career advisor!

Most schools would dedicate a career advisor to each students and it’s never too late to schedule an appointment with them! The best part? It’s totally free. They will be able to do mock interviews to help you prepare for future interviews, guide you on how you can improve your resume and provide career consultations. Remember that your school’s career advisors are there to help you out and that their job, is to help you secure a job. So don’t hesitate to approach them!

4. Network, network and network.

At times, your connections and network with other people is more important than you would ever think. Doing some networking at a career or industry fair may allow you to meet professionals who may be able to refer you to your future employers. You can also keep in touch with your previous internship companies and let them know that you are looking for a job. If this sounds a little intimidating, you could start off by creating a LinkedIn to expand your network. Don’t estimate the power of LinkedIn!

5. Do an internship

If you did not manage to secure a full-time job after you graduate, you can look for an internship. It is completely okay. There are so many benefits of getting an internship after you graduate. You get to gain more skills and accomplishments during your internship and this would definitely be of a great help in strengthening your resume. You will also be able to transfer your skills to your future job, and that would help you to adapt better and faster in your full-time job.

6. Think deeply about what your direction in life is

Getting a job later than your peers means having more time to think about your direction in life. Some millennials are sure about what they want in a career, while some are still in a dilemma about the career paths they should take. If you are the latter, take this break as an opportunity to ponder over what you you really want in a job. This way, instead of spamming various companies with your resumes, you can really pick and choose companies that align with your career goals and work on an impressive resume for them. After all, it’s quality over quantity.

7. Relax, chill and recharge.

Honestly, you have come a long way and you deserve a treat. Getting through university/polytechnic is definitely not easy. You should reward yourself with a long and good break for working and toiling so hard. Also, you can take this opportunity to fully recharge because when you start working, it’s going to be hard to go on a proper break. You could go on a holiday, or spend the time binge-watching that Netflix drama you’ve been dying to watch. Pamper yourself, you deserve it.

8. Don’t be too harsh on yourself

It’s easy to fall prey to negativity and depression when you are job-hunting. Your other friends may have gotten multiple interviews scheduled or have already had secured their employment. Try to avoid comparing yourself to your other peers, and do not be too harsh on yourself even if you have still not found a job.  

You may look at your friends and some may seem to be ahead or behind you, but they’re not. They’re living according to the pace of their clock, so be patient. You’re not falling behind, it’s just not your time” – Julissa Loaiza.

Good luck!

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