Advice from Winston Churchill for graduate job seekers

After finishing university, many graduates are itching to get that first foot on the career ladder. They leave college full of dreams and ambition but sometimes the real world can hit them smack in the face. Make no mistake -the jobs market for graduates is tough, especially in the current economic climate. The competition for positions is fierce with dozens or more qualified graduates fighting for every job available. After a few knock backs the reality of finding that dream first job can hit hard and often the accompanying depression can be a powerful demotivating force.

It’s at times like these that people need to look for the inspiration to keep going and there are few more inspirational figures in history than the man who saw Britain through the darkest days of WWII. When visiting his old school shortly after the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill was asked by pupils what lesson he could share. ‘It is this’, he replied, ‘never give in, never give in, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense’.

It is a simple motto to live by, but graduates that are finding it seemingly impossible to land that first job should use it for fortitude in their career quest. Keep searching, keep applying, and find ways to improve your chances of landing a job in your profession of choice. Research the industry and the companies in it thoroughly and keep updated every day. Follow and engage companies on social media, look for voluntary opportunities in the field.  Whatever difficulties you face devise a way to overcome them and most importantly ‘never give in’.

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