But how to get there?
You've heard from nearly everyone you know how hard the post-graduation months can be, how difficult it can be to get a job and how it can be deflating when after sending what seems like ten's of thousand CV's you aren't hearing a single thing.
Fear not, there are steps you can take to make the process easier and get you all set for your first day.
We've all heard the age old saying, 'Fail to prepare, prepare to fail' and it applies to everything, even job hunting.
If every marketing role is asking for Photoshop, use your free time to teach yourself the basics. If that dream IT role is looking Unix or Python experience, buy yourself a Raspberry Pi and get cracking. Even if you aren't fully equipped, employers will love your initiative and your desire to go above and beyond. It may well give you a leg up on your competition.
Make sure you use your CV to:
There is nothing quite as frustrating as finding a graduate role, ticking all the boxes of the essential criteria except for those dreaded words '1 to 2 years experience'
If you choose to do a placement year, then great you are half way there. If not, don't despair. Thinking of all the part time jobs you have done in the past and try and relate the tasks and responsibilities you had there to the skills required for this jobs. You'd be surprised how your summer job can prepare you for the real world.
You have Facebook albums to mark three years of amazing parties, messy nights out and fancy-dress events galore but now that you are a graduate, and are putting yourself out into the working world expecting people to take you seriously, your social media needs some TLC. Make sure your personal accounts are private and your professional accounts are professional.
Speaking to a recruiter
Recruitment companies are a resource that are often overlooked by graduates but they are a hidden treasure of advice, jobs and somewhere to go for that guidance you may be lacking at this time. Watch Alan speak about MCS Group and his best tips for Graduates.
The recruiters at MCS Group work across IT and Digital, Accounting and Finance, Engineering and Professional Services and they combined industry knowledge of our consultants is endless. They know their field and work with some of the biggest companies, SME's and start ups across Northern Ireland.
If you register with MCS, you will come in and meet a consultant for a one on one consultation. Here, they will talk through your university and work experience, you CV and your goals. Setting out your career goals with some one who can really help you get there can be a massive weight off your mind, and you are more likely to achieve them.
A good recruitment consultant will help you navigate the job search and help you through each stage of the interview process, as all companies are different. This might be the first time you've ever been given an employment contract, asked salary expectations and been offered a package - it can all get very overwhelming and you may feel a bit intimated asking your potential employer. This is where a recruiter becomes your Fairy Job Mother, they are on hand to answer all your questions and worries - no question is too small. Pick up the phone and ask, we have all been in your shoes at some point. We know exactly how you feel.
We have placed graduates into their dream jobs as well as graduates in amazing companies they never even knew existed.