You may have found yourself looking over graduate job descriptions and hoping this job will be the one for you, the one you were born to do and that everything in the previous twenty years or so has been leading up to it. This will happen and you will find the job. But it is usually never that straightforward.
Here are the 5 stages every graduate has experienced while looking at job descriptions.
You've found it! That perfect job title. One that you've been aiming for and it's available here and now! This is the most important link you're ever going to click on - Your Life starts now.
The job description is better than you could have imagined. The responsibility, the tasks and it looks like a great cultural fit. You'll be the hit of the office! Cracking jokes with the boss, chumming up with the IT guys, you'll fit right in and be the cornerstone of any work socials.
You don't have to live at home anymore! There is a big wide world out there and you're going to be a part of it. The possibility of moving to a big city with bright lights filling your eyes is here. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Then you see it. That gut wrenching feeling of not having the experience, the required degree or the grade. Your imaginary life is lying around you, smoldering. The dream is over.
After you've watched your ideal job, the big plans you had with it and your dream life come crashing down, you realise you've got to keep going. You've got to carry on hunting and hope that you find your job soon.
Don't be put off by this cycle when looking over job descriptions, the important thing is to be persistent and targeted in your job applications. If you are crow-barring your skills and experience in too what a job is asking then the likelihood is you'll be unsuccessful.