Extracted from The Daily Telegraph:
1 Prioritise your debts
2 Keep in touch with creditors
3 Apply for a graduate account
4 Don’t sit there; do something
5 Polish your CV
6 Improve your interview technique
7 Keep learning
8 Balance the books
9 Drop into your University Careers Service
10 Be patient
Some additional comments:
4. Paid work is best but if none is easily available try voluntary work – some aspects are quite challenging and would be great to talk about in interviews. There’s more going on than you might imagine (I speak from experience)!
5. Try generating different types of CV and getting a variety of people to comment on them. There isn’t one ‘best’ type no matter what you’re told. In particular, be bolshy, even though it may go against the grain a little.
6. Try ‘mock’ interviews with friends – you’re never as good as you think you are. Be open-minded rather than defensive with comments back.
7. Consider setting up a blog or some other site on a topic that interests you – content isn’t always so important but demonstrating originality, initiative and drive is.
7a. Try to see the bigger picture and where you might sit in the scheme of things, both at the start and later on. If you don’t you’ll be steered mostly by people who want you to advantage them. Although you’re not going to change that – it’s been going on for ages – it’s best to be aware of it!
9. I hope they are better now than they were for me!
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