How to get your dream job after university
If you’re a recent university graduate or if you’re stuck in a shitty job you hate, this post is for you.
If you want your dream job quickly – you’re going to have to work for FREE.
“Free work?! Fuck off.”
Being 21 I can provide a valuable insight into what the majority of 21 year olds believe.
You see the problem with my generation is the sense of entitlement.
I was talking to a friend who’s about to graduate as a graphic designer, because her only plan is to work in a bar maybe in a few years she’ll get her big break and land a job or a paid internship. Because you “need experience to get a job” BLAH BLAH BLAH. All I heard was negativity and excuses.
I then told her that she should work for free. She again replied “I can’t do that I want money; I want a holiday this year” again all I head was BLAH BLAH BLAH.
This really annoyed me, my generation just doesn’t want to be uncomfortable, sacrifice anything or work hard.
The people I know that have gone to university come out with their bright new shiny degree, and they expect to be handed a job, a paid internship, or a managerial position.
Their lies our problem, expectation.
Let me clear something up, if you haven’t got the experience you haven’t got a chance.
The people who already know they need experience choose to complain on Facebook “what do I do now?!”. They’ll blame the government, or blame their university they went to instead of actively attacking the problem.
So unless your dad owns the company, in which case you’re probably fine – You’ll need to get experience if you want your dream job.
This isn’t a lose all hope, everything’s fucked might as well complain and moan sort of post. Instead this is post will hopefully show you how much opportunity there is if you’re willing to work hard and sacrifice.
Opportunity? You’ve just told me after I’ve just spent four years of my life, doing a degree – I’m not guaranteed the job I’ve been promised, and you’re telling me to be optimistic.
What most people aren’t realizing is that there is a massive opportunity to get ahead and to get ahead quickly- Through free work.
Here’s the problem most graduates are facing, they have a degree, they have skills but they probably need more training. On top of that they need to be earning enough money to survive.
How most people handle this situation is to work somewhere they don’t like retail, hospitality or maybe they’ll just travel if they can afford it. But the problem is none of these things get you experience. Experience which companies now look for.
You have two options:
- You can cry and moan saying things like “but how can I get experience if, companies won’t hire me without experience.”
- Or you can take action and stop complaining.
You need money that’s a given, but if you want to work in your dream job you’re going to have to make some sacrifices. Sacrifices in the amount of time you have and the amount of money you make.
The reality is you’re going to have to sacrifice a period of 3-6 months, where you will be living on a lot less than your used to.
“But I don’t want to do that, I want clothes, I want to go out drinking, I want a car”.
The harsh reality is you’re going to have to bite the bullet. If you’re not willing to sacrifice your comfort you can say good bye to your dream job.
Take a moment and think, would a 3-6-month sacrifice be worth being able to do your dream job?
Without having to wait for years like the rest of your peers or work your way up the ladder. If you’re answer isn’t yes, it’s probably best to leave this blog post.
The first thing then is to understand you’re going to have a rough 3-6 months.
There are two reasons you’re going to have a rough six months
- You’re going to be working for free in your dream job. Where you’ll be learning, hustling and being as valuable as possible
- You’re also going to have to work part time or find another way to get a source of income.
What I recommend is you start freelancing for two reasons:
- Because you can build up portfolio and your experience in either direct or transferable skills. While showing you have initiative, independence and can actually make money.
- Because you can earn a lot more freelancing from home than you will from any typical retail, hospitality or service based jobs. While doing work you love.
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This will come as a shock to most people who don’t understand hustle, but the world is changing. Companies can choose from an online workforce, much more experienced talented people than you and a pool of workers who graduated 10 years ago that already have the experience you need. You’re at the bottom of the food chain and no one wants to pay you for you to build up experience.
You need to just dive right in and suffer for a few months if you want your dream job.
Here’s your plan of attack to get that dream job you’ve always wanted after university.
- Find your dream job and dream company.
This may be difficult, but you have to be as specific as possible. Saying I want to be a graphic designer, won’t cut it you need to know the exact company you want to be a part of and the exact job you’re going to be doing. Use google, LinkedIn, Facebook, whatever but make sure it’s your dream job, not the job someone else has told you to pursue.
- You then need to reach out and contact that company.
You can reach out over the phone, email or social media. But the most powerful method will always be in real life.
To make my life easier I’ll imagine you’ll send an email – which is what 90% of people will do anyway.
Reach you to the company and say you will work for free – completely free at no cost to them whatsoever and you’ll work 9-5, 5 days a week.
This all sounds like the pursuit of happiness but stick with me.
You need to tell them the exact job position you’re interested in, and ask to shadow and complete any tasks this person needs complete. Stating how this will save the company time, although the person you’re shadowing to become more efficient and productive.
Here’s the deal breaker tell them you’d even be willing to cover the cost of any training a typical worker has to undergo to work at the firm.
This is powerful because it shows a true commitment to the company, and they will have no risk in at least trying you as a free worker. They would be stupid to say no at this stage.
But that’s not all.
Make sure your email clearly lays out the benefits to their company, close the email by saying you just want to get some experience and maybe a reference if you do amazing work, nothing else.
You want to make it as easy as possible for them to say yes. Even say you’ll help clean after office hours if that’s what they need. This is your sacrifice.
You want to make it, so that it would be ridiculous for them to turn you away.
If they have no room for you in the exact job you want full time, instead say that you’ll do something else in their office if you can shadow the graphic designers for a couple of hours a day when you’re not working, again make it clear that you expect no compensation for your time.
Don’t freak out yet, and think you can’t live for 3-6 months. You can.
You’ll just need to cut down on everything, it will be tough but you can do it.
Let’s imagine you’ve landed the unpaid work position, what you now need to do is either secure a part time job or start freelancing to cover your living costs. You’ll have to do this weekends or evenings.
If this sounds like too much work for you, please go to google and search “make money online fast” or something stupid like that. This is tough but the reward is massive.
But it’s never getting any easier, the longer you wait the more people you will have to deal with coming out of university looking for the exact same job. With the exact same experience, you have, none. So there is no time like the present.
Whether you freelance or work in a restaurant find something for the weekends and evenings.
My recommendation for this is to commit to freelancing, even if you think you can’t do it. I assure you – you can. You have skills and people will pay you a lot of money for them. On top of that I’m offering you a free course with some of the best material available on the internet.
Not only that but if you’re freelancing it shows independence, and the best thing is you can do work related to the work you want to do in the future. It’s doubling the amount of experience you’ll gain.
Now that you have a source of part time income and a free position in your ideal company, you’re good to go. This is where the real fun begins.
You’ll start getting experience while others either wait, complain or go to a job they don’t like to pay the bills.
Here’s what you should while you’re working for free in your dream job.
Be as valuable, cooperative and learn as much as possible when you’re there.
If you’re freelancing on the side, make them aware of it. Once you have some basic knowledge start making the company money, if you have the skills and training handle one of their clients, again do it for free. What many people forget is that a company has to make more from you than they pay you, in order for you to be valuable.
If you’re working for free and bringing them in money, your rate of return is astronomically better than anyone else – you’ll instantly become valuable.
Learn as much as possible and meet and talk to as many people as possible.
Don’t underestimate the power of networking, I could talk for days about it, but the much smarter option is to pick up this book: Never eat alone. Even if you only leave your free works with a phone full of contacts you’re doing infinitely better than everyone else, these contacts could be the most valuable thing you’ll gain in your career.
Once you serve your time and do an amazing job, one of two things will happen:
- You’ll either leave with a reference and industry experience
- The company will see how valuable you are and hire you themselves.
You’re now working your dream job straight out of university, take a moment to go on Facebook and see that everyone else is still complaining while working shitty jobs and gaining no experience.
You’ll already be on the fast track to the life of your dreams.
Then check if you missed anything in the last 3-6 months? You didn’t? I didn’t think so, minus a few nights drinking, a birthday party and a trip to Amsterdam nothing’s happened.
Suffer now and have your dream job in 3-6 months or complain the choice is yours.
Make sure to share this with any graduates you know that are struggling for a job. Or just someone you know who is trapped in a job they despise. You could change someones life for the better.
Let me know in the comments if you think this is good advice, or you believe try to apply for paid internships and jobs is a better option.
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