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Contingency Planning

October 21, 2014 by Curtin CEL Team

Contingency Planning

You’re in a creative field, so if you’re nearing graduation and are concerned about your job prospects, get creative!

It’s totally normal to experience ‘analysis paralysis’ – where you worry way too much to actually do anything… Try to resist the temptation to procrastinate, there’s plenty you can do to make sure you’re moving towards your goals:

  1. Consider Related Fields & Jobs
    Don’t look at this like it’s taking a step backwards. You don’t need to settle for something that doesn’t satisfy you. However, sometimes ‘accidental’ decisions and back-up plans can lead you right to where you’re meant to be! Even if this isn’t the case, your not-so-dream job can give you valuable experience.
  2. Stay Motivated
    Keep engaging with your field – follow relevant blogs, attend industry events, take your contacts for a coffee, search for new contacts, work on your own online presence! Stay active in the field you love, and your commitment will pay off.
  3. Work on your Skills Gaps
    Research and dissect job advertisements. This is the best way to make sure you’re qualified for the sort of jobs you want. If you see recurring skills and experience gaps, think about ways you can fill them – for example, volunteer work and work experience or short online courses.

Remember that you can also contact us for a chat and help devising a plan. We offer intensive workshops for final semester students and recent graduates (coming up in November, December and January). Plus you can utilise our services up until 18 months after you graduate or at least up until you score your first job relating to your discipline(s). Contact us via careers@curtin.edu.au or give us a call on (08) 9266 7802

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