So, I’m in my last week of the semester and I’m sat in the cafe of my university building applying for co-op placements. Co-op is essentially an internship, but instead of doing mundane office tasks, you are thrown in the deep end with hands on experience. Suddenly, I’m finding myself doubting all of my achievements over the past 3 years and struggling to recall a single thing I’ve learnt. I know I’m good at what I’ve studied. I get high grades and have been paid for a marketing job before, but when building my CV, I lose all self confidence. Suddenly I think; “maybe I should do post-grad where I can safely hide behind APA referencing and class discussions.”
Ask anyone, I love to toot my own horn about university. I’ve absolutely loved what I’ve studied. I’ve achieved more than I thought I ever could and have professors willing to speak to potential employers on my behalf. But I am so scared. I’m bloody terrified that I’m gonna get into a job and realise I don’t like working in marketing. Or that real-world marketing doesn’t like me.
It’s easy to say I believe in myself, but when you apply for a role that sounds perfect and you don’t even get a reply – self-doubt creeps in. I decided to ask around to see how other people in my position stay confident, and don’t let unsuccessful applications get them down. Here is what they said:
“Have full confidence in your abilities, don’t think of yourself as less capable because of your age and be prepared to keep learning, you’re not gonna be going in as a seasoned pro from the start.”
Liam from imbatesy.com
“Don’t feel pressure to get the perfect job right away, wait for the right time and place. Travel and do what you want to do first.”
Briana – Spatial Design Graduate
“The search for your first job straight out of university is daunting. You’re unknowingly trying to navigate the minefield that is life. Unless your dad is the CEO of Apple, you WILL face rejection letters from most applications. You’ll receive the standard responses; “thank you for your application” “whilst you have a unique skill set” etc, in which you can’t help but feel like you’re on a never ending road to failure. But hang in there, trust me. The right job is out there for you. Nothing happens overnight – seriously, it could take 3-6 months to get into post university employment.”
Brie – Master of Business (first class honours)
Hopefully this makes you feel a little better about the job hunt post uni! I know I’ll still have moments of fear, and feel a bit down when I don’t get a reply from a job application – but it’s normal. There are thousands of people graduating at the same time as me, applying for the same jobs and unfortunately – we can’t all be hired. Leave any words of wisdom you have in the comments below!
Until next time – love, Lyd x