The country is re-entering a month long national lockdown this Thursday and reports in the guardian about how job losses during the COVID19 pandemic are hitting young people the hardest. You can be forgiven to feel overwhelmed and pessimistic towards finding a student job or your first role at graduate level. The aim of this blog is to help you combat any barriers you have and help you with your job searching. There are some reports which provide a more positive picture:
Working as a Careers Adviser, I quote Derren Brown’s book: Happy, a lot. He was inspired by stoicism and regularly refers to using stoic mentality to help you become and remain Happy!
He suggests that people over worry about things when they are facing challenges or adversity, which unnecessarily impacts on your happiness and therefore your performance and success.
With the COVID19 pandemic we are facing many challenges and adversity, especially students and graduates trying to find employment. One of the things which regularly comes up in Derren Brown’s book is that you are only ever in control of two things:
You have no control over anything else and as such should try and not worry about them as they are beyond the limits of your influence or control. Applying this to COVID19 we can help prevent the spreading of the virus by our own actions. If we regularly wash our hands, wear masks when advised to and respect social distancing we will contribute to isolating the virus in our own small way.
We can also apply this to the current situation with the student and graduate labour market. You have no control over how many companies are recruiting or over how many people you are competing with for a job. What you can do is chose how you think about this and how you respond with your actions.
If you think negatively and allow yourself to worry about those things, it will affect your performance with finding a job. You need to think positively, accept the situation which is out of your control and be the best you can be at finding employment.
The rest of this blog will help you with the basics of job searching, if you would like to develop a positive thinking mentally further, you can complete our e-module on Positive Thinking on My Career Centre: https://mycareerscentre.page.link/positivthinking and another one on Mindset: https://mycareerscentre.page.link/Mindset . Use your My Hope login details if asked to log in.
Job Searching back to basics:
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