There’s a meme that’s been doing the rounds on social media platforms for quite a bit now, featuring a cute little picture of what looks like some six or seven-year-olds, all dressed in little work overalls and hard hats, seemingly ready for work. The punch-line reads “When the job vacancy requires 20 years of work experience!” This brings to light the funny but sad reality facing many college graduates in that you’re required to already have years of work experience to stand a chance of getting hired, yet you’re fresh out of school, so where on earth are you supposed to get work experience?
Most graduates end up going through apprenticeship programmes and the likes, which may or may not go on to land them that job, but either way, every opportunity to gain experience should be utilised, starting from the period during which you’re still studying actually. It’s possible and simply requires some logical and critical thinking. Use all the tools you have at your disposal to create opportunities for yourself and other students which can very easily be put down as work experience.
The best way through which to do this is get together with other students, even if they’re not from the same faculty as yours and work on a project which leans towards a business venture. You’d have no problems getting support from the powers that be at your institution of study as this type of initiative is greatly, greatly appreciated. Ideally you want to create a fully functional business or even a company comprised out of students whose contributions to the business fall in line with what they’re completing their studies for and it’ll be even better if those contributions form part of something like each of their final year projects.
The business could be anything really, as long as it achieves the ultimate goal of any business, which is to enter the market in a functional manner and depict characteristics of one which can really go on to bring in profits. Whatever the main focus of the business venture / composite final year project, any modern day venture of this kind would naturally have the elements of all fields of study. If for example it’s a custom workplace software solution you’re all getting together to create, the financial students can take care of all the financial aspects of the project like commissioning the integration of invoicing software. The marketing students can work on the marketing and advertising portion of the project; the engineering students can work on the design and implementation of the core solution, etc.
The financial sector is one which can be easily targeted for a venture of this nature because unlike other fields like civil engineering perhaps, solutions don’t have to take up too many physical resources. In fact, you could integrate Merchant Account Solutions with other custom-made nodes or complementary solutions in order to create a complete, deployable solution that will have a market.
Put all of that on your CV and it’ll go a long way in making up for any work experience you’ll require once you enter the work space.