Posted by Dr Caitriona Noonan
Congratulations class of 2016. You’re nearly there. Graduation and your next adventure are just around the corner.
We hope you’ll look back on your time in university with fondness (perhaps when the stress of final exams dissipates) and that you’ll feel better equipped to enter the job market. Undoubtedly, it is a competitive market at the moment but you should remain optimistic. It’s an exciting time for the media sector with new jobs emerging and digital savvy graduates like you are well placed to fill those roles.
However, before you embark on the next phase of your career we wanted to offer you some advice for life post-university.
(1) Create an impression
There is lots of advice circulating that workers need to present themselves as a ‘brand’ and sell themselves to employers. That’s fine for some but I don’t feel entirely comfortable with that vision as it converts workers into commodities.
I much prefer the idea that one of the things you should cultivate is an impression – whether it’s a first impression or one which grows over time. Be remembered by people as someone who is a creative professional in their demeanor and someone who people want to work with. Continue reading