“It’s who you know, not what you know”
The seemingly eternal job search – it disheartens even the most optimistic Graduate. During and after University, we students often assume the hard work is over and finding a job is the easy part – after all we do have a Degree. Ultimately though, I am competing with not only 200 course mates but thousands of others graduating with Geography BA from a top Russell group University. With constant psychometric test practice, trawling through IT and finance placements, I often question whether more than a humble Geography degree is required. Mum says, “don’t worry darling we can spruce up your CV with some flamboyancy”, but I wonder if it is indeed enough.
Yes I have International experience, yes I have a good degree and yes I have some IT skills, but the average graduate scheme/ research job in the civil service and development agencies – my ultimate goal – requests a plethora of skills with limited places. It seems the true key to success is rather who you know not what you know. With Mum and Dad both working in International capacities, dropping an email to that long-lost friend or colleague seems to be presenting more opportunities both here and abroad – they commented, “both our careers got kick-started by connections and we will do the same”. Ultimately then, it seems I should be spending more time on LinkedIn and less time ‘sprucing’,