When employers look to hire their staff, they tend to preference people with experience. Obviously this makes total sense, but when you’re getting started in the work force and you have no experience, it can be a real bummer. How do you get experience in the first place if they’ll only hire someone who already has experience? How do you get started?
Some people exaggerate on their resumes (or tell straight-up lies) about their experience. Others start with an internship or a training course. And then there’s the tried and true, old-school method: start from the bottom, in a position that doesn’t require much experience, then work your way up to the job or role that you really want.
The point here is that when you’re young and inexperienced with working, you can’t afford to be snobby about the jobs you’re willing to do. No one likes a job snob. Almost any kind of hard yakka is worth giving a go, at least when you’re starting out.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to descend into an angry, old person rant about how gen Y and gen Z are lazy. I’m not going to characterise all young people as entitled, internet-addicted brats. Obviously there are plenty of successful, hard working young people with unlimited potential. Some of them have scored sweet jobs and others are still working towards finding those sweet jobs.
If you’ve got a great job, congrats. But if you’re still looking, it’s worth remembering that in between now and your dream job, you’ll probably have to make some compromises. Sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up, take whatever job you can find and then work towards getting a better one.
So here’s some advice on getting a job…
Check out which industries are struggling to find workers right now and consider which ones you might want to get involved in. In Australia, we have a national skills shortage at the moment and so there’s a massive demand for workers in certain industries.
It’s worth thinking about childcare, food trades, agriculture, horticulture, mechanics, carpentry, healthcare, teaching, hairdressing, IT and so many others. The Australian Government website has a list of all the industries that are in demand, so it’s a good place to start if you’re looking for an in. At Year13, we also have a pretty awesome jobs page that might help.
To work your dream job you’re going to need experience, and every little bit counts. You’ve got to get that experience from somewhere, so you might as well get it ASAP. Then it’s all upward and onward from there.