How to maintain a bright outlook
So you've just finished university and are now moving on to the next phase of your life. Many graduates find this daunting and exciting at the same time but to others it can be pretty gloomy. Some see this as a really 'negative' time in their lives as there is not definite plan for the future. This time in your life does includes job hunting, scary interviews and let's face it, we all envision at least 10 or more rejections and all in all, we all wish we could skip this part.
However, to save yourself from allowing this 'gloomy' outlook to demotivate you, here's five ways you can maintain that bright outlook on life (Cheesy right - Are you just waiting for me to burst out into song right now?)
1) See it as a fresh start
Just as excited and nervous as you were to start University, this is no different (well apart from the fact you won't be in debt). You are about to start the next step in your life and you can take it in any direction you want. You are in control of applying to jobs you actually want, preparing for interviews about a job you want and all in all are preparing yourself to start again.
2) Be productive
Set yourself some goals as to how many jobs you want to apply to (always remember quality over quantity), write yourself some goals to work for (aka, in a year's time I would like to be....) and all in all checking off things off your to do list makes you feel good right? I mean we've never felt miserable after ticking off things.
3) Taking action will pay off
If you are making the effort to apply for jobs, graduate schemes and internships, surely you will get a result. We've seen it all before, those determined to lose a bit of weight do lose it, those who study hard for a test, do get the best grades and those who are learning to drive, do pass it eventually. It all just takes some time, some obstacles but as long as you are making the effort, of course you will get results.
4) There's no such thing as bad experience
Whether it's an interview that didn't go too well, or a rejection (or many rejections), none of it should be seen as bad. Each rejection, or a rough interview is only building you to get better. That's why everyone says 'practise makes perfect' right? As long you ask for feedback, which most companies give, you will know what things you can work on and ultimately it only improves ourselves.
5) You are not the only one
As a soon to be graduate (hopefully eek), I find it comforting to know that I'm not the only one out there who is in the same position as me. I think it helps to know that there are a lot of people who are sat there behind their laptop screens, searching for jobs.
I hope these five tips have helped you feel that teeny bit more positive about the future and I wish you all the very best of luck.
By Maariyah Zaheer