In terms of education and high paying careers, post-secondary education still trumps Vocational Qualifications, yet the Vocational Certificates are more beneficial to employers. That’s where there tends to a mismatch.
It’s the area that causes the most confusion as to why students can graduate and persistently struggle to gain employment. The difference between the two types of educations is the skills you gain.
University degree courses can only take you so far.
They don’t translate into the work experience. Certain courses tend to prepare for you the work better than others, and sometimes there are certain universities better than others, depending the relationship they have with local employers. In terms of the skills gained, the courses itself will teach you the practical aspects of the work involved.
It’s gaining the knowledge to do the job. But just having the knowledge, does not inform employers that you have what it takes to perform on the job. That’s where vocational training comes into the equation. It’s a qualification earned through on-the-job training.
The only problem with it is that while it’s good to show potential employers you’re experienced and trained on-the-job, you don’t have the desired degrees for the practical knowledge needed to land the job.
This is the essential component that the most successful students have.
A combined skill set that meets the needs of the labor market. While the work experience may not be in the direct field you’re applying for, it’s best to have some kind of experience in the sector.
If you’re graduating in finance, then it’s going to be beneficial to have any type of work experience within a finance firm. That can be a bank, working as a bank cashier, or it could be playing the assistant role to a financial advisor. It gives you exposure to the industry and when employers see that, they’re more assured that they’re hiring someone who is going into the job with their eyes open. There is a high amount of business capital put up for high paying jobs, so naturally employers are careful in who they bring aboard their company.
While you don’t want to jeopardise your studies by taking on too much, a weekend job, such as a Saturday shift, Sunday shift, or maybe even both, will do wonders for your career, and your finances. In terms of your career, it doesn’t really matter what type of job you do, as every job will let you gain the necessary transferrable skills.
When you have those on your CV, you’re already ahead of other graduates who don’t have this to offer employers. Money wise, it’s going to help your bank account while you’re going through university.
For those who find that the course work is intensive, leaving you feeling too drained of energy to take on a weekend job, the next best thing is the seasonal job. That’s one of the benefits of college and university courses.
There’s quite a bit of holiday time, and the summer is the best time to get your work experience. When employers are looking for seasonal workers, in any industry, the students are the preferred candidates. They get to bring in professionals, at a fraction of the cost, and know they’re not going be left feeling guilty when the contract expires and staff are left unemployed. Students for seasonal jobs benefit both parties.
The student gets the work experience, and the pay, with the company benefiting from intellectual employees, without the high paying salary, as it’s only a temporary job.
The freelance route is handy to have on your CV as it puts in direct contact with businesses. You offer your services for a fixed fee, and your client doesn’t have the burden of employment.
It’s a straightforward business transaction. Money in your pocket for services rendered. Whatever it is you’re looking to do, there’s a high probability you can find a job as a freelancer. You don’t have to go door knocking for opportunities.
Just browse through some of the freelancer websites online, and find out if there’s a market for your service to be delivered on a freelance (per assignment) basis. That’s one way to show you’re responsible and accountable as you’ll be trusted as an independent service provider, able to communicate and deliver results to your own clients. Maybe even build up your own professional network of contacts, lining you up with job opportunities when you do graduate.
The best route into graduate jobs is gaining your degree, and combining practical studies, with work experience, prior to graduation.