Here are four skills you can develop to get a headstart in the job market:
1. Revisit your technological skills
LinkedIn analysed the 25 most sought-after skills in 2014 and discovered that nearly every skill on the list involved programming, IT or digital technologies. So a basic understanding of Microsoft Office might not be enough to impress your potential employer.
You could get certified in Google Analytics, learn how to code and research into the basics of search engine optimisation. This can be fun whilst improving your job prospects in the process.
2. Learn another language
Mastering a new language brings about a number of possible benefits. One of them being your opportunities in the job market. This is especially true in the UK, where over three quarters of all adults cannot hold a conversation in a language other than English.
3. Go back to school
In the UK, more than a quarter of jobs require a degree to get to the interview stages. This makes it far more difficult for others who do not have a degree that are vying for the same roles.
University degrees are extremely expensive, but there are ways for you to keep working at the same time. Some universities do offer online courses and distance learning degrees, so if you think these might suit you better, keep a look out for them.
4. Gain experience
Even if you gained first class honours for your degree, many others throughout the UK did too. To set yourself apart from the crowd, try to gain some experience in your chosen field. In a 2010 EU survey, nearly 90% of employers said that a bit of experience was crucial for new employees to hit the ground running.
One of the best ways to gain experience is through an internship. An internship can teach you new relevant skills and there’s even a chance you might get a full time job at the end of it. But there is also a downside – sometimes internships are unpaid or pay very little, so if you have bills to pay, it might not be an option.