The 2014 Winter Survey, published by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and based on a poll of leading graduate employers, predicts that 2014 will see the number of vacancies for university leavers rise by 10.2%. In addition, analysis of the Building Surveying Faculty Membership undertaken by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2007 estimated that just 12 per cent were under the age of 35. With an aging demographic and an upturn in the economy this could be our moment! However, it is up to us to make it happen.
We built this site because there is no point in waiting to be asked if we want a job, we need to push ourselves forward. A good starting point is to define the career path you are looking to pursue and then communicate it on your profile page. Self-promotion is really important when it comes to advancing any career. Next is to recognise the things that are holding us back from finding the job of our dreams.
#1: Fear of Failure
A fear of failure is a distinctly British trait; however failure and mistakes are an essential part of progress. If you find someone who’s never failed, you’ve probably found someone who hasn’t tried enough things. The key, of course, is to learn from your mistakes.
A fear of failure immediately puts you at a disadvantage when you are looking for placements and jobs. The majority of us have spent our lives trying not to fail. We have attempted to avoid completely screwing up our exams and only put ourselves forward for things we know we can do. But failure is a necessary step on the way to success. It lets us step out of our comfort zone and find our real limits rather than the ones we have self imposed. Don’t let your fear of failure stop you from applying for a job. Regret is so much worse than failure.
#2: Pursuit of Perfection
In our attempt to avoid failure, we sometimes become obsessed with perfection, but nothing is ever perfect. If you strive for progress, rather than perfection, you can then take chances, safe in the knowledge that a step forward is better than standing still. Perfection doesn’t exist and while you’re sitting around waiting for it to materialise, someone else is moving in on your dream job. Don’t worry too much about figuring the minutiae of your career plan. It will continually change as it evolves. Instead, take a step in the right direction.
Remember: failure is essential, perfection is overrated.