When you are looking for a job you will often come across job descriptions that ask for a lot skills and abilities you either don’t have or are semi-skilled in, which often puts off a potential job seekers when they read further down the page.
Ok, so you need to work in those types of jobs to gain that commercial exposure you need to work in those type of jobs, which of course does not make any sense. You can of course go to University, or undertake a training course and hope you have enough University based experience in that field to get you through the door; for those of us who are lucky to get a placement year when scouted by a company, or have a good enough University to help get the ball rolling once you have chosen a company, then you have that opportunity to overcome the catch 22 problem through University.
But what about those who either have been to University and were sidelined and had no option for a placement year in a company to gain the commercial expose to that field, or those who have not been to university and have no exposure to a new field they wish to get into?
Well there are two options you can try:
- Option One: If you are under 24 you can look online for an apprenticeship for that chosen field and gain the commercial exposure for that field at a very low level, then work your way up; be aware that if you have been to University and have a degree most of the advanced apprenticeships won’t be available to you because of your level of education past degree level, so those offering the apprenticeships will subsequently ignore you.
- Option Two: Gain fragments of skills from other jobs and freelance work. Then when you have what you need, you should build some sort of showcase of your skills and abilities, giving real world examples of how you used them and how they can benefit the company you want to work for.Once you have done this, select the company you want to work for; and a few others as back ups. Then conduct background research on that company and add that to your show case to demonstrate to them what you know. The next step is to approach your chosen company directly via a letter and share what you know with them and what that can do for their company, or or through the job posting as a teaser; if it’s put together well you may get an interview, which if is the case you can use your showcase to wow them during the interview stage.