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By Vlad Mackevic

Jobs are scarce and the number of graduates is increasing exponentially. What’s more, the number of first-class graduates is also increasing.

Given these circumstances, how do you land the job you want? How do you get any job?

Everyone demands that you have work experience by the time you’re out of university – we’re talking beyond the usual bar staff/waitress/burger boy experience.

You may laugh but students are failing to understand that a degree alone will not get them where they want to be. The fact of the matter is you need relevant industry experience.

While you’re at university, this problem can be solved with relative ease – GET INVOLVED.

Nobody but YOU can change your situation.

Become active in your student clubs and societies

Become active! So what if you’re not a member of the executive committee. Offer your help to them in any position – believe me, you can make a difference in your society and the exec will certainly appreciate your time and effort.

There is so much to be gained from such experience. Here’s the list of things you can do for a student society:

  • Marketing and communications (between other universities and external organisations)
  • Social media
  • Secretarial and administrative posts
  • Events management (let your imagination soar!)
  • Organising workshops relevant to your society objectives
  • If it is an academic subject-based society, you can coach first year students
  • Creative work; copywriting, blogging, graphic design, writing music, filming videos

Offer help. Obtain skills and experience. Learn and develop as a person. Meet new people. Enjoy!

Did this article inspire you? Please leave a comment and tell us what you are doing or want to do for your society.

This blog post is part of the new series: #WorkingWednesdays. Every Wednesday, an article related to job search, work experience, CV writing and interview techniques will appear on The Lecture Room website.

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