Through our industry contacts, our staff here at JMC often help students get a job after graduation, or internships and work placements during their study. We know what the industries are looking for, so we put together a list of the top things you need to demonstrate to be the first one in the door...
o Dress appropriate. This doesn’t always mean you have to dress in a full suit, but dress sensibly and smart for any interview or meeting. A smart shirt is a must.
- Willing to learn
o Don’t think you know it all when you walk in the door. No matter your age, there is always room to learn, so listen to the people who most likely know a lot more than you. The more you are willing to learn, the more you will learn, and the quicker you will progress.
o Different people and work places have different processes and doing things so listen to how they work, as it could be a better way of doing it than you currently do it. If it’s not, then at least you have listened, and can sensibly suggest an alternative.
o Being on time is extremely important to demonstrate not only your ability to track time, but your enthusiasm and reliability in general.
- Efficient – Quick worker
o This doesn’t mean that you should skip through a job without paying attention to detail, but just don’t spend 2 minutes working and 5 minutes getting distracted. Work as fast as you can while doing the job properly.
- Team player
o Whether you are working on your own or in a large group, you will always have to learn to communicate well with people. You need to learn to consider others and remain calm in times of pressure.
- Ability to think on your feet
o It’s not always the case that what is in your job description is the only role you will be doing. If something needs to be done, do it. Quick thinking and problem solving skills can really help you stand out in bad situations, especially if you can stay calm.
- Experience in the industry
o It is often argued that coming straight out of education looking for a job is so hard as they ask for experience, and why would you have any when you’ve come straight from studying? Wrong. Get experience. It doesn’t necessarily mean paid experience, just any internship, work placement or volunteer work that demonstrates you are interested in that industry, and are willing to learn, and are determined enough to go out and get it.
Work hard, and best of luck!
Read our post 'How to get a job in the Creative Industries'.
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