Job hunting anyone?

As a student who just finished university but have not yet graduated I am in a sort of limbo. I don’t know what I will be doing in August (graduation is in July) or where I will be doing whatever life throws at me. While all the fun and excitement from finishing final exams has passed, I find myself in a despair-like situation of finding some sort of sense and direction in my life.

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‘That’s what you get when you study languages!’ as some of you might say, and indeed it is, since I have no intention of being a teacher and I consider the profession of a translator as plan B. I know, I could have studied something else, like engineering or law or medicine, but then, I do not really like arguing and I can’t really stand the sight of blood. While in high school, I used to have lots of ideas of what I wanted to study, but I decided to stick to languages and I can’t say I regret it, even though it wasn’t always flowers and ponies.

So, after finishing all 7 exams and handing in 4 essays in May, I have decided to start the beloved process of job hunting. I have to say, I did not expect it to be so difficult. As a student, looking for part-time jobs, most of the time you just go into a place and hand in your CV, or complete an online application – and done. This time however, it was different.

First of all, I have to know what I want to do. So after hours of deliberation (not really) I have found an industry I think I would be good at, and I would enjoy working in (which I find really important, after all it’s something I am going to do most of my time). Then, I opened my internet browser, and that’s when it hit me.

No, not the fact that I have probably just finished education. I did not know where to start. So I googled a company I know and checked their website for careers info. After not finding anything suitable, I went onto their Linkedin profile to find similar companies. And so I checked a couple of websites and found one distinctive line that appeared almost everywhere:

No recruitment agencies please.

Well, fine. I knew it was going to take some time and I have to admit I didn’t expect it to be so time consuming, but then again – the job is not going to come to me on its own. So I have to be persistent and patient.

It is not easy to find a suitable job offer, and completing an application is not easy as well, since I write and adjust everything accordingly to the offer. Another thing is, whether my application gets accepted. I have to admit, again, that it is really frustrating to spend ages writing that application, thinking I would be great at this role, and not receiving a response or getting a rejection. I don’t know which one is worse.

I wouldn’t say I am angry or I feel like I should just get a job. I understand it takes time to find a job, especially when you’re applying to a quite competitive industry, which I suppose I am doing.

There is only one thing that bothers me. How nice would it be to get some feedback on my applications?

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The only thing I know I have to do is to not give up. I just have to be persistent, do my best and hope for the best.

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