6 Ways Graduates can Build Experience

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If you have recently graduated from college or university you don’t need anyone telling you it’s going to be tough finding a job in your area of study. Many companies are looking for experience even with an entry-level position. So how do you build your experience? Here are 6 ways you can:

1.Volunteer

It is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to building experience on your resume. You can pick an organisation that is close to your heart or one that may be closer to what you want to get as a job. Volunteer positions are also great ways to network with other volunteers, community members, board members etc.

2.A Current Job

Although the job may have nothing to do with what you want related to your career, it is still experience. You can take a few moments to translate your experience from your current job to one in your desired career. You will be surprised to find out that there are a lot of transferable skills!

3.Freelance

Do you have a skill or talent that you can freelance? If so, this is a quick and neat way to make some money and get invaluable experience! Let’s say you like writing, post ads online that you can write blogs for businesses or can write resumes. Sometimes it does take a while to build your freelance business, however when you get the ball rolling you will quickly find clients. By being a freelancer you are showcasing entrepreneurship skills, an understanding of supply and demand and independence in the work force.

4.Write

You might not get paid much or it will be simply free opportunities. However, writing is one of the best ways to practice your communication skills. If you pick a field or subject to write in, you are refining your niche and before you know it specializing in it. You will have a strong portfolio you can show to potential employers.

5.Workshops

You can build a workshop by building one around your knowledge base. Good at computers? Set up a workshop at a coffee house and help people with their laptops. This is a good way to sharpen your communication skills and build your interpersonal skills too. It’s also a great way to network.

6.Facebook Group

Showcase your knowledge of social media while building a powerful professional group online–Facebook groups are an easy way to do this! Like putting a workshop together use FB groups to showcase your skill or talent and open it up to others who want to share theirs too!

Image: Jeff State College

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