Tips to secure work – Read the signs

Written by Mark Healy

Mark Healy is the Graduate Coach and has 20+ years work experience in Australia’s mining and resource sector, including the construction of gas pipelines, power stations, alumina refinery plants, and rail plants & equipment.

September 17, 2021

Tips to secure work

Over the years of coaching people into work, I can say nearly everyone is different but there are some common issues (SIGNS) that you need to be aware of if you are an INTL student seeking work

Firstly, if you are struggling, simply remind yourself, many many others have done it before you, HOWEVER

1. Usually why you are struggling is simply because you have not spent enough time thinking about what you want to do with your career and you start doing this post-graduation in isolation

2. Second major issue is the lack of work experiences, internships etc and now have more time you after graduating you are trying to catch up & gain this experience AND it takes time

If I was struggling to find work, consider this:

4. If you graduated in November of any year, you should have secured work by April the following year, IF NOT, be careful because what you are doing is not working (Sign to change, something must be done)

5. Usually these people stay unemployed for the first 12 -18 months post-graduation UNTIL they see the signs and get help

6. Why do some people get work easier than others, those who secure work quickly have spent months and months thinking about what they want to do before graduating have sacrificed getting great marks to get work experience, they tend to be more pragmatic, curious and self-motivated but flexible in their starting point

7. For Those who have struggled or are struggling, you can ask them questions, like, what are you looking for? their response is always generic, I don’t mind, I just want to start in my career (THIS IS A SIGN), they are the complete opposite to Point 6, MORE work must be done here

All the best Mark Healy the Graduate Coach

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