What you need to know

If you’re a recent graduate like me, one tin go taya you to see 

“…with minimum of two years experience.” 

It’s like they kept the two years experience for us to go and carry somewhere that we don’t know because wth?

Now hold on, let’s reason it from this angle.

If they expect us to have experience, that means they expect that we must have had previous jobs. 

But since most jobs aren’t hiring without experience (confusing and annoying, I know) then there must be some other way to acquire this experience. 

Well I put some thought into it and figured out what we need to do for work experience. 

  1. Free work
  2. Work with small brands/businesses
  3. Volunteering/ Interning
  4. Work outside of your field

Free work

Hear me out. Nobody likes to do anything for free because 
a. you’ll use resources to get whatever skills/expertise you have

b. doing the work may have its own costs 

But free work is necessary to build a solid portfolio, gain the trust of potential clients and obviously, for the experience. You’re more likely to get more work – which means more opportunities to improve in a short period- because it’s at no extra cost to the clients/employers.

Work with small brands/businesses

If you’re starting out, your best market is with small businesses close to you. Whatever you’re selling (goods or services) or skills you have, there’s always a way to scale it down.

Working with SMEs allows you to create a good work system without being overwhelmed by the idea of working in a big company. 

If you can do it small, you can surely do it big. 

Volunteering/ Interning

An employer will look for technical skills quite alright but even more important are human relations and work ethics.

If they can trust that you will be able to work well with other people, learn fast and contribute to the growth of the others, you have a higher chance of qualifying for the position you want. 

Volunteering is a great way to learn and show that you can do all of that.

In between “long holidays”, you should search for organizations to volunteer in. If you can contact them explaining your short duration and the reason for it, you might get permission to work with them for the time you have. 

Not only big organizations, even small businesses can use the extra help. Only consider that most organizations may not pay for the work but the experience is what you’re aiming for. 

So don’t be scared off by how much you may spend on transportation for the period. 

Figuring these things out is part of adulting. (Adulting sucks btw).

Work outside of your field

Experience isn’t only doing what you’re good at, it’s doing those things you’re unfamiliar with and learning from them. 

Working outside your field looks something like ‘learning about basic accounting skills as a content creator’. 

Knowing more than what is expected of you shows versatility and ability to adapt and assimilate quickly. 

A big plus for any potential job opportunities.

If you have at least two of these under your belt and slap them on your CV, you’ll increase your chances of landing a job by at least 45%.

Written by Lois Samari

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  4. great thoughts on bridging the gap between graduation and getting work.

    I love the volunteer aspect. and I also have reservation to: most young people today need to build capacity through volunteering. there is a lot to learn during that period.

    Most organization need to respect volunteers and recognize them.

    We should respect each others time and skills.

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