Is somewhere like a library helpful? What help is there?
Have you tried recruitment agencies, Gel, or uploading your CV to somewhere like this?
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Hi mate - thanks for the help. I joined about 6 local agencies about 4 months ago but no one has ever contacted me! I did six months at the Richmond Fellowship organisation who were okay, and helped me find charity work. I was thinking about doing another 6 months with them again soon.
I just contacted the national careers helpline and they are going to put me in contact with someone local for a face to face meeting! So I am pretty pleased about that. Yep, I am a member on indeed.co.uk and reed.co.uk and use those two mainly. I have uploaded my CV there, and a couple of others but no luck yet. Cheers.
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I thought you'd probably done both.
It's tough out there at the moment, so don't take any setbacks personally.
If you enjoy the charity work and can afford to survive, there's no harm in spending your time helping others. Not all rewards are monetary.
Find a peer to scrutinise your CV, preferably someone from the industry you want to work in. It's amazing how quickly you can be disregarded based on your CV, so make sure it's tight
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Cheers mate, I am enjoying the charity work and will continue to do it till I find a full time job. Yep, I am doing okay. Cheers
Cheers for the input. Yep, good idea. Thanks.
Can someone please explain to me why you would do a degree knowing that career is not well paid, is that not then called a hobby?
Well that counts out all journalism degrees, then. And nursing. And Social Work. And many other degrees you might do because you have a vocation!
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+1 Paul. Easy to be blind in ones own writing and anothers proofing can be very useful. From experience I find this true and when one has 100 CV's for a single post. A short time to cut the number down to a manageable number. It's no revelation to think that simple things like layout, relevance, grammar & spelling can quickly move a CV to the waste basket. Good luck to you.
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I work In Recruitment - but I specialise in a particular industry.
I would suggest CV library as a good site to post your CV on - a lot of angencies use it and will find you if they have jobs for you.
Back to the OP - I went to Loughborough University - dont know if the thread has moved on, didnt read through all 6 pages
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Not really because if I had a degree I would be aiming for management at least, you could always start your own company in any of them above sectors.
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What, straight out of university?
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Honestly all I can advise the young guys and girls of today is get yourself into the industry you want anyway you can, making tee, sweeping floors whatever. Then network, go down the pub every Friday after work (don't get too drunk and be a EDITED) make friends be nice. I'm freelance and have to find a new job every few months but have not had a job interview since i was 20, im 39 now. I don't have a degree and should for the job I do now but the friends I made 20years ago and I'm still making new ones today are contract managers, directors of there own companies etc.
No mate after 9 years hard work like I had to do.
I hoped you'd meant something like that, but those I know who employ or work with new graduates constantly express frustration that quite a lot of them come into companies unwilling to do the hard graft, expecting to be junior management straight out of the box, and considering quite a lot of the job to which they've been appointed to be beneath them.
Oh, and on the phone to mates/tweeting/facespacing/playing angry birds when they should be working.
Well that counts [...] degrees you might do because you have a vocation!
Studying a subject because you have a passion for learning and accruing cultural (rather than material) capital isn't an efficient solution for a great many people. To study an arts subject, especially at postgraduate level, you either need wealthy parents or a full scholarship.
The majority of doctoral candidates I've known are from pretty affluent backgrounds. And most people from money value money above all else, so are more likely to undertake degrees with a view to entering highly paid professions. The HE sector is being transformed as universities become academies geared towards industry rather than the pursuit of knowledge (not that the two are entirely discrete).
I guess it comes down to what you believe a university's function should be -- the pursuit of knowledge with an emphasis on original research, or preparation for the working world. At the level of policy, the latter view is increasingly privileged.
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