To those that aren’t aware, I recently embarked on an exciting new journey. In previous blogs I was always quite transparent in the struggle I had experienced in dropping out of university, being out of solid work for over a year and how I nearly purchased one of Terrol Lewis’s ‘Jobless’ T-shirts that I planned to eat, sleep and shit in.
There currently seems to be a crazy epidemic of young people who are not in work, education, employment or training and even though there seems to be Jobs out there, meeting the necessary requirements can be somewhat difficult.
Here are some interesting facts and figures:
- There were 808,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in January to March 2018. The number increased by 14,000 from October to December 2017 and was up 8,000 when compared with January to March 2017.
- The are 70,000 children and young people that are looked after in the U.K.12% of care leavers go university, 4% do not complete their course.
- 40% of care leavers aged 19-21 are not in education, training or employment.
But, your girl has only gone and bagged a job in her career path.
Why thank you Aunty Taraji. Yes, you may call me Miss Junior Design Manager *takes bow*. Of course there is always a storm before the rainbow and on many occasions I felt like giving up, But with perseverance, determination and these tips I will be sharing with you all, I got there in the end.
My main focus, was to get off them benefits, a personal no no from me. I was always encouraged by my peers, family and work advisors ‘Akira, a job is a job, you just need something in the meantime’. Obviously this does make a lot of sense and before I go on; the decisions that I made was not the smartest, however they were my own and were within my own reason. I was scared of failure and complacency. I had been working since the age of 16, I didn’t want to just get any job, It would feel like a step backwards rather than forwards. I had dropped out of university and was determined to find an alternative route to my goal. To me any Job to me would mean settling, failure and what if I got complacent? A lot of people didn’t understand this but it was important to me. Anyway; time was of the essence and although it wasn’t running out, as time went by my self confidence was. And I am not being funny bussing my arse doing something I didn’t enjoy, just to pay bills really didn’t sit well with me and the lifestyle I am know destined for lol.
So I searched and searched and searched and received rejection after rejection. I mean my CV is crazy packed with the necessary skills and experience and the amount of times I had been to Cv workshops was ridiculous. I just couldn’t get an interview.
The amount of times yh (I had to add yh because you’ll probably feel this as much as I do) that I received a rejection and someone has told me “God has something better in store for you” or “Dont worry, it was meant for you” I would probably be rich and wouldn’t have to be worried about no job.
But get this, they were right. God did have something better in store for me and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t believe it was luck or me applying for 20 different jobs a day. Sometimes it can be about who you know and not necessarily what you know or even creating opportunities for yourself. In my case it was about being open to help and by this time I was so frustrated but there was nothing to lose. So I started working closely with a charity called Drive forward and they help care leavers get into education, employment or training. Cut a long story short, they are in partnership with different businesses across the sector that work specifically with employment through Drive forward.
I’ve recently done an interview with them, if you want to find out more click the link below.
But for the wider population of readers, no I haven’t forgotten you all. Here’s how to Bag your dream Job.
3 Tips on how to bag your dream Job:
1. Cvs and Cover letters
- Catered cv – Create a Cv specifically catered towards the job you are applying for.
- Key Word- Key words related to the job specification is essential today, if only to get past the software scans. To avoid the risk of looking silly, don’t spam your CV.
- Structure – Structure and order is key to getting your message across to the employer clearly and concisely.
Sometimes you have to create your own opportunities. How do you that you ask?
- Events – Attend Job fairs and gate crash any sort of event that is within your interest. Step outside your comfort zone and meet new people, you never know what doors it may open.
- Self belief – Have a strong understand of who you are and what you have to offer. By projecting confidence, you encourage others to view you as an expert in your skills. If you believe in yourself, others will too.
- Be open – You might set out with a goal in mind of exactly what you want to do and how you want to do it, but rarely will life work out exactly how you think it will. By not holding anything too tightly, you open yourself up to opportunities that may not have even been on your radar before.
DO NOT GIVE UP, YES YOU!!
Not only does perseverance keep us focused and build character but it is also important because it means being determined and working hard regardless of any odds or obstacles that may exist. It is to insist and to be firm on getting something done and not giving up.
Good luck & happy Job hunting.
Lots of love,