How to stand out as a graduate

Attending College or University can be a great way to get into this industry. It can teach you skills, help you meet the people and give you the opportunities you need to kickstart your career.

Yet they are many skills, that can be vital to success, that your course simply won’t be able to teach you. That means it’s up to you to make sure you learn and take onboard these skills to push yourself to become the best you can be.

Gaining real-world skills

Take a moment to think about how fast this industry evolves and how slow the education industry seems to change. There is always going to be a big difference in the skills your course will teach compared to the skills you’ll use in the industry.

One of the best ways you can get ahead of the curve is to take advantage of some of the many learning resource platforms available.

Sites like Code Academy and Treehouse can provide an invaluable library of free and premium video tutorials to keep you up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Providing you with the most up to date skills ready to move straight into industry quality work.

Working within an agency

Learning to work as part of an agency team is an invaluable skill. Being able to manage your workload and communicate effectively can be a big asset moving into a new job or position.

If you can show to a potential employer that you’ve had some experience working within an agency team they’re much more likely to take a job application further. Even if you’re not getting paid it can show that you have a good idea of the inner workings of a company.

Don’t be afraid of reaching out to these companies either. If they see you’re passionate and want to get ahead you might find they want to keep you around.

Interacting with clients

Whether it’s through your own freelance work or work for an agency being able to effectively communicate with clients can be a deal breaker.

As an example, often for junior positions, you’d be required to make relevant feedback then present the design to a team member who would then write up feedback and send it back to the client with the amended design attached.

If you’ve already got experience communicating with clients you may be asked to compose the responsive yourself or even communicate directly with the client. This can save valuable time and free up team members to focus on other work.

Showing you can act in a professional manor might even result in you being pulled directly into client meetings to discuss projects and features.

Getting on first name terms

When it’s time to start applying for jobs you may be sending applications to a large array of companies. What’s to make you different from the rest at a glance?

A perfect way to stand out is to meet these companies beforehand. This could be simply by asking to pop in and have a look at how they work or by attending meet ups and conferences.

Chat to companies, get on a first name basis. It could make the difference between you and several other applicants if they already know who you are.

It’s all about the experience!

When it comes to the world of marketing, design and development, its likely employers will be far more interested in your portfolio and skillset over your official qualifications.

You shouldn’t expect that having a degree or qualification will get you a job. Don’t forget you’ll be graduating with hundreds of others in the same situation as you. All applying for the same jobs and roles.

It’s up to you to standout from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to get in touch if you want some advice or just to say hi.

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