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Be Realistic in your Job Search

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There are a lot of graduates searching for jobs and the best positions and graduate schemes will be in high demand. By all means, apply for those positions if they are what you'd love to do - after all, somebody has to get them, it might be you. But don't rest all your hopes on a long shot. Taking a more realistic approach will help keep you from losing faith if you are not one of the lucky few selected for those dream jobs.

Taking a realistic approach will keep you from losing faith if you are not selected for your dream job.

First of all, you need to understand that the vast majority of graduates will not walk out of university straight into their dream job. Most of us spend at least a few years laying the ground work in entry-level positions before we start climbing closer to the job we really want. So if you don't get the job you want, then it's time to start thinking about what jobs might help you get the job you want in the future. It's clichéd but true: everyone has to start somewhere, and a lot of businesses respect the graduate who has paid their dues and proven their commitment.

If you don't get the job you want, it's time to start thinking about what jobs might help you get the job you want in the future.

Remember, you have the whole of your career ahead of you, and careers can take decades to build - so don't be afraid of the work it will take to get you there.