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What jobs does everyone have on here? Anyone own their own business?

I've just graduated, and struggling to find pretty much anything, even internships!

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Ric   

I help 16-24 year old find work, education or training. Sadly, seems to be a boom in this area at this time.

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I'm currently at Brunel Uni (W London), studying a Marketing degree. I have a placement year next year before my final year at Uni so I'll graduate in May 2014. Then I plan to travel Europe for around 6 months by myself, visit all the big, and smaller, cities and most importantly try and get to a football game in each place I visit. Then after that, I'll start searching for a job - hopefully by then it'll be easier.

Pretty hard on you mate, graduating and still having no luck in the job department. I've known quite a few people who have had similar problems in recent years. What was your degree?

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I currently run my own business. We are a very small software development company located in central London. Our company is about 7 years old. We used to employ four people and now we are down to one and a half. Basically, we have had to shrink our operation over the last few years because there isn't enough work around and so we couldn't afford to keep paying people. The reason there isn't much work around are many and varied and not entirely due to the economic downturn. Some of it is due to restructuring of the industry in general. Some of it is due to the use of cheap (and often poor) labour in the Far East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Some is due to downturn in the reputation of consultancy in this country (not all unjustified, imo). And so on and so forth.

If it does not start to pick up in a few months, I willl probably put the company to sleep. That way I can will no longer have the rent, rates, phone, accounting costs, etc. If so, I will probably go back to doing contract work. There is a fair amount of that around if you have the right experience.

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@Bouncy

I currently work in Marketing after doing a mickey mouse BA and then a mickey mouse MA. (Meeedjah-related if you must know).

My advice: Do your placement. Get as much experience in good companies as possible - over the summer especially (unpaid if necessary). Build relationships with these companies/the decision makers and make sure they know who you are. Hopefully, by the time you've graduated you'll have something lined up. (If they really like you they'll let you do your travelling too).

What I've found and seen from 90% of my peers is that they're waaay too qualified for what they're doing. A friend of mine has an Msc in Forensic Archaeology and is currently stacking shelves in Sainsburys because he lacked the foresight to do something about it. It also doesn't help that former grad entry-level jobs are being taken by those who have a degree & 5 years experience because of the downturn.

I repeat - do something about it now while you can! :D

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I'm currently at Brunel Uni (W London), studying a Marketing degree. I have a placement year next year before my final year at Uni so I'll graduate in May 2014. Then I plan to travel Europe for around 6 months by myself, visit all the big, and smaller, cities and most importantly try and get to a football game in each place I visit. Then after that, I'll start searching for a job - hopefully by then it'll be easier.

Pretty hard on you mate, graduating and still having no luck in the job department. I've known quite a few people who have had similar problems in recent years. What was your degree?

Sounds good!

Did Journo. Sucks, though. Probably not gonna get in to it, so looking at all other options. But, just nothing out there. Got a real open mind as well, but as I say, it's very difficult, partly as I'm not sure what I wanna do, but options are open. Would love to have my own business, but obviously can't get a loan.

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I intern as a nurse assistant at my hospital, and I'm currently enrolled in uni doing both computer science and medical studies. Still only eighteen but the internship doesn't pay so I'm thinking of leaving to be in retail for a game store...

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@Bouncy

I currently work in Marketing after doing a mickey mouse BA and then a mickey mouse MA. (Meeedjah-related if you must know).

My advice: Do your placement. Get as much experience in good companies as possible - over the summer especially (unpaid if necessary). Build relationships with these companies/the decision makers and make sure they know who you are. Hopefully, by the time you've graduated you'll have something lined up. (If they really like you they'll let you do your travelling too).

What I've found and seen from 90% of my peers is that they're waaay too qualified for what they're doing. A friend of mine has an Msc in Forensic Archaeology and is currently stacking shelves in Sainsburys because he lacked the foresight to do something about it. It also doesn't help that former grad entry-level jobs are being taken by those who have a degree & 5 years experience because of the downturn.

I repeat - do something about it now while you can! :D

Cheers for the advice dude! Yeah I'm deffo gonna do my placement, it's one of the main reasons I chose this course and this uni. Hopefully I'll make an impression and get my foot in the door.

How did you find the course? I'm finding it a complete joke tbh. The amount of money I'm paying and I have just 3 lectures a week. I'm not moaning too much, cause it suits my style of going out most nights and sleeping most days but I do sometimes sit back and wonder why they need so much money - or why it needs to be a 3 yr course! I'm also finding it painfully boring. I'm hoping that that's just down to the curriculum and the lecturers and that I'll love my placement year. Is working in the marketing role any more rewarding/enjoyable than the study of it?

Sounds good!

Did Journo. Sucks, though. Probably not gonna get in to it, so looking at all other options. But, just nothing out there. Got a real open mind as well, but as I say, it's very difficult, partly as I'm not sure what I wanna do, but options are open. Would love to have my own business, but obviously can't get a loan.

Yeah I'd imagine journalism is a right ball ache to get into atm. Still it'd be good if you could, get some pro-Chelsea columns out there for a change! Still, I'm presuming you're young and time is on your hands. Even if you went into something else for the time being you could always try and go back into journalism later.

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I'm just in an internal sales role for an industrial and safety supply company called Heatley Sales. There's 9 branches, and I'm in one of the smaller ones, so there's only 7 staff at the branch. I enjoy the work, and there's a lot of room to grow within the company, as there's plenty of sales rep, specialist and managerial positions.

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Cheers for the advice dude!

No problem!

How did you find the course? I'm finding it a complete joke tbh. The amount of money I'm paying and I have just 3 lectures a week. I'm not moaning too much, cause it suits my style of going out most nights and sleeping most days but I do sometimes sit back and wonder why they need so much money - or why it needs to be a 3 yr course! I'm also finding it painfully boring. I'm hoping that that's just down to the curriculum and the lecturers and that I'll love my placement year. Is working in the marketing role any more rewarding/enjoyable than the study of it?

Well, I didn't really study marketing, I did a media related course combined with an English related course but a lot of the skills required for marketing can be gained from these disciplines.

I found the degree fun and challenging at the time but in many ways, I wish I'd done something with a more ready-made career path. The missus did HR (the women's sciences) and easily found a nice corporate role in no time at all.

What I can say about working in marketing is that that it really depends on what path you go down. I do a fairly generalist role which incorporates online stuff (PPC, SEO, website design etc) as well as print media too and there's a lot of room for creativity.

Also, learn to use as many different types of software as possible while it's cheap and stick em on your CV. Photoshop, indesign etc etc.

Bottom line is that Uni is amazing so make the most of it. But anyone who doesn't actively prepare for the working world, especially in this financial climate, is signing their jobseeker's application now. (I say that from experience!)

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