You need more than just a degree!

September 20, 2018

By Brooke Stevenson

You’ve probably read the title and thought what?? Years of study and thousands of dollars spent and it’s still not enough? Yup you’re right… well kind of.

Having a degree is great and is ultimately what’s going to get you through the door. But if that’s all you’ve got to offer, then I’m afraid you’re in for a shock.

Don’t worry! To have what employers are looking for isn’t going to cost you anymore money, it’s just going to be a matter of getting involved and getting experience. I know we always hear things like “you need 5 or more years’ experience” or “sorry, you don’t have enough experience” and you’re sitting there wondering how you’re going to get experience when no one is willing to let you start somewhere? Well, I might have a few ideas that could set you in the right direction!

  • Being able to work in a team is a massive skill to have and you probably do it more often than you realize. Being a part of a sports team, choir, part time working in a team-based environment are all examples you can use to demonstrate that you have experience working with others.
  • Don’t be afraid to sell yourself in an interview. This is a moment where it’s totally acceptable to discuss all you have achieved and all your strengths. However, it’s also okay to be honest with what you’re not so good at, after all, you’d hate to get a job acting like you’ve got all the skills they’re after and then be left having no idea what you’re doing!
  • Studying is great and all, but they’re probably going to ask what else you did during your time at University. So, it could be a good idea to get involved in some Uni clubs or have a part time job! Something you could get involved in within AUT which looks great on your CV and teaches you so many skills before entering the working world is the AUT Edge Award.

A degree will only get you so far! Your involvement in other aspects of life and your character are going to add value to your degree. Don’t sell yourself short, apply for everything and get involved in whatever you can!


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