From student to graduate


Another year, another successful graduation completed!

It was absolutely fantastic to see many Unitec students graduate despite the awful weather we’ve been experiencing in Auckland recently.  Even though the muggy weather left many looking like they stepped out of a sauna, this didn’t dampen (excuse the pun) the positive vibe that reverberated around the Auckland Town Hall.

To all the graduates out there… carpe diem!  Below are some pointers to think about as you embark on the next chapter of your life.

Tips for job seeking graduates…

  • Firstly, make sure you celebrate your achievement.  You deserve it!
  • Make sure your CV is tailored for the industry and job you’re applying for.  Get a friend or family member to proof-read your CV, or visit the Unitec Career Centre for expert advice.  The Careers New Zealand website has great resources too.
  • Check your spelling.  Employers loathe reading CVs littered with mistakes and grammatical errors.
  • Tell everyone you know you are looking for work so they can keep an ear out for you.
  • Be strategic and research companies of interest (yes, do not not even need to wait for the job to be advertised).  Try and organise a meeting so they can get to know you.  Ask questions and leave your details with them as you never know what may come from a conversation.
  • Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and full of great content.  Include information on your study projects and voluntary work.
  • Manage your expectations.  Sending out hundreds of applications online will result in a very very small hit rate.  Be prepared to vary your job search.
  • Use your time wisely!  Set aside time to research and look for opportunities.
  • Consider engaging in voluntary work while you wait for a paid role – this will keep you busy and motivated.

Tips for those already in work…

  • Bask in the confidence gained from graduating.  Your positivity will be noticed in the workplace.
  • Consider your short term goals – how long do you wish to stay in your role?  What additional skills or experiences do you wish to gain?
  • Discuss your development with your manager.  How can they best support you?
  • If you feel like you can’t progress further in your workplace, then consider your options – is it time to consider new opportunities, or are there new skills to develop?
  • Review your skills and interests and identify your strengths and areas of development.  Have a session with a member from the Career Centre if you need help with this.
  • Don’t settle for less!  Investing in study is a huge commitment, so take control of your situation and proactively seize opportunities to grow.

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