Every year, there are around thousands of college graduates expected to join the labor force. But some of them have a slow transition from school to work due to different circumstances.
School-to-work transition refers to the process and duration of finding a job after a person leaves school or graduates from college.
According to DOLE, a young person’s slow transition from school to work will reduce their chances of finding a good and stable job because their “employability” decreases as a new batch of graduates comes in every year.
Application through job hunting sites, going to job fairs and even walk-in applications are some of the ways to find a job. However, based on a survey from the Asian Development Bank, it takes a year for a college graduate to find a job, and up to two years to be regularized. Meanwhile, it takes three to four years for a high school graduate to land on a regular wage job since many sectors choose to hire “experienced” employee than a young applicant.
This is why many young and fresh job seekers opt to apply for a position that is 80 percent not related to their specialization or Job-Skills Mismatch.
Now, how can a college graduate or even a student ensure that he will have a smooth transition and land a job that matches his skills after leaving school?
Below are some tips on how to have a smooth school to work transition.
1. Know the skills you have.
Everything should start by knowing your strengths. Remember, you can’t convince any company to hire you if you do not know the asset you have which they can use for their company.
Ask yourself, “What are the things that I am good at?”, “What the things that can make me stand out from other graduates?”
These skills may or may not be something that you learned from school. As long as you know that they are strong features that you can maximize or a potential strength that you can hone, then those are the selling points you need to highlight to get acquired by the company.
2. Research the trending and in-demand work today.
This is what most millennials forget to consider when choosing their course or when applying for a job.
Every year, there are different industries that grow and become a trend. Remember when nursing became a boom during 2005-2010 because of the demand from the health industry in and out of the country? That was a good example of knowing what is the work trend.
Look for the current job opportunities that are growing and try to match your skills and strengths to know what possible job position fits you.
3. Expand your social network.
Know people on the field you are aiming to be part of. It doesn’t mean that you should connect to them to have a “backer” but instead, you should connect to the people or groups of your desired industry so you will know the current news, opportunities, and issues you should weigh before applying.
These “social networks” can also help you grow as an individual and as an applicant.
4. Practice the right job search behavior.
Are you applying casually? Do you have the right attitude when looking for a job? Are you the type that applies online and then waits for a call?
As a new job seeker, most probably you are the type that applies online through social media platforms or websites. But do you know that most job vacancies are not posted online?
Most of the companies today choose students who had on-the-job training in their company, the ones they got during school caravans and events, those recommended by the people in the industry or mostly those who do walk-in applications.
The key is to practice different approaches to finding a job. Do not be stuck in applying online and emailing your resumes. Give time and come to the interview prepared.
5. Stay positive and wait for an opportunity.
This is the last and the best advice to remember. Not everyone can get a job instantly. It will take time and effort. Nevertheless, as long as you are optimistic and willing to learn, the right opportunity will surely come to you.
Any fresh graduate can have a problem with regard to finding the right job, but the willingness to learn, to communicate, to initiate, and to uphold integrity are still important qualities employers consider.
It may take time. So while pursuing that job, embrace the proper attitude, perseverance, and confidence to help you be ready.