Job searching in Autumn: Sink or Swim

By Grace Gudgeon on 21-09-2016 0 comments | 825 views

The end of summer is hard for everyone. 

The days slowly shorten as you remember all of the things you didn’t manage to do before the season was over. It’s ‘back to school’ and ‘back to reality’ for students and professionals respectively. 

In fact, it can be a frustrating time for people with an academic and professional cross-over during this period; whether you are a working student or a job-seeking graduate, these are a few of the set-backs you may be finding over the Autumn season:


The administrative storm after summer 

Companies and candidates alike finish the sunny months and enter a new semester with energy and stress. Your applications become lost in the flurry of activity that September brings which makes it more difficult to stand out from the crowd.

‘Back to school’ is not a consideration for most companies 

Unlike what we become accustomed to during all of our schooling years, not everyone’s yearly cycle begins in September. So, while you are trying to become part of a dream team, the positions may have been filled or they need someone to start at a later date.  

All the positions opening are internships 

The companies that are hiring in this period know that graduates and students are most active at this time, so they target them with internships, *no experience needed*. Although this can be discouraging (especially if they are unpaid), bear in mind how valuable internships can be for you in the long run. 

Your multitasking skills must excel 

As a September job hunter, you are likely to be either a student or a recent graduate, which means you have to become a master of time keeping. If you study and work, it can be stressful to try and be equally successful in both, while graduates are stuck in a limbo of change and transition where everything needs to be considered and planned afresh.

Time to pull your socks up! 

If you’re a recent graduate or an Erasmus, or a student who wants to work full-time, now is the time for you to be putting yourself out there. If you never dive, you’ll never learn to swim!
The most important thing to remember is that every person has something unique to offer companies, and your task is to demonstrate and promote these aspects. Do not lose heart in the chaos of job searching: believe that you can achieve your goals and keep improving yourself.

Guest blog by Grace Gudgeon from Europe Language Jobs

If you would like to gain international experience and travel in Europe, find your opportunity at Europe Language Jobs, the online portal for multilingual professionals.

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