Coming to the end of University is very scary. It’s a really busy time; deadlines are approaching too quickly, you have to decide where to live, what to do with your life and finally, apply for jobs.
Although it seems like you have no time on your hands, and let’s be honest, you probably don’t have much time on your hands, getting a job after uni shouldn’t be taken lightly. Think of it this way, you’ve just invested thousands of pounds and 3-4 years of your life getting a degree, why not spend an extra few weeks ensuring your portfolio and CV are perfect?!
Your CV is the first impression an employer will get of you, so make sure it’s a good one! Everyones CV is an exceptionally personal to them and differs in style depend on the industry standard. For a creative CV it is important to show a glimpse of your personal creativity, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
I know it sounds so cliché but your portfolio is only as good as your worst piece. Honestly, when I was younger I thought it was better to show everything I had out of fear the golden piece an employer would love would be an old acrylic painting from my A-levels. . . . oh dear. Employers don’t have time to take a trip down memory lane and the creative industries are competitive enough, keep it simple, only show the pieces you think are strong enough to stand alone.
Let the employer decided if you’re not right for the job. Be confident. Iv’e applied for so many jobs that I’m underqualified for but it’s not down to you to say you’re not good enough for a job. The employer may not of considered taking a graduate, they might see something special in your CV, they might well bring you in for an interview to get to know you better. I’ve heard time and again from professionals within the creative industries that you can teach skills, but you can’t teach a personality. Meaning, if they like your personality and think you will work well with the existing team, they will be happy to teach you the job, rather than someone who knows the job but might not fit in within the company.
Wait there’s more!
There are SO many creative jobs, SO SO many. Although it can get competitive after uni with many of your peers getting jobs instantaneously (it may seem), you need to find the right one for you. Never sell yourself short. Take your time to research the company, their ethics and core values, these are what will shape the drive of the business, which is often far more important than who their clients are. Don’t forget that it works both ways, they will be seeing if you are right for the job and you need to see if the job is right for you too. Also, it’s really good if you can stay in your first creative job for a year at least, although two is preferable, as it shows you’re committed to future employees and it will give you long enough to transition into work after uni as well as give you real experience to build on.
It will be ok
It can get really competitive when you leave uni and lots of people will seem to fall into the perfect job straight away, but half of the people will be lying and the other half will probably leave after a few months, dont worry about what they do, you just play the long game . . .