Congratulations! You have been offered your very first graduate job or internship. After worrying for months leading up to graduation whether or not you would find employment quickly, it’s best to take the first job you’re offered, right? Not always.
Research has shown that a significant number of graduates regret accepting the first job they’re offered to prevent any gaps in their CV – and those awkward questions from employers.
While you may feel as though you should take any job that comes your way, you may need to step back and analyse what it is that you want to achieve and what makes you happy.
Take a look at the below factors as to why you shouldn’t quickly accept your first graduate job offer:
While you may be keen on the advertised job role, do you have much of an idea of the company culture? If not, you may want to do some research to find out the type of work environment you’ll be spending your time in every single day and who your colleagues will be. All companies work differently, so you must be in an environment where you believe you’ll feel comfortable. You’ll typically get a feel for the culture during the interview stages, so don’t feel obliged to accept the grad job if you feel it’s not for you.
You’re only interested in the money
If you have no interest in the job or internship and it doesn’t align with your skills or passions, then it’s not worth applying for. Even if you’re offered a huge paycheck, you’ll find it difficult to stay healthy and happy. While the money may entice you initially, the novelty is likely to wear off in time – especially if you’re working long hours and dread going into the office every day. It’s just no fun.
There are no training opportunities
Although you may have just graduated, the learning process starts on the very first day in your new job. Do you have the ambition to learn more about your chosen industry and seek training opportunities to gain promotions? If the company doesn’t offer such prospects, it may not be the right job for you. Inform your employer of your goals and ask if a plan can be put into place before you accept the entry-level job or internship.
It doesn’t align with my long-term goals
When you receive any job offer, it’s important to consider your long-term goals. You have worked extremely hard at university to earn your degree; therefore, you need to find a job or internship that coincides with your future goals. While some jobs can be used as a stepping stone, it’s important to prioritise roles that you believe will point you in the right direction of where you’d like to head.
When you should take the job
Whether or not you take a job role is down to intuition. If you believe the role fits exactly what you’re looking for, then there’s no reason to turn it down. Consider your priorities and how many boxes are ticked when asking the more detailed questions at interview before accepting.
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Written by Laura Bill, who works for Inspiring Interns. Inspiring Interns is the first recruitment company to use the innovative technique of video CVs to place young jobseekers into employment. Since their founding in 2009, they have placed over 7,500 graduates into the workplace, as well as providing useful advice for recent graduates and employers.