Does Your Qualification Guarantee a Job?

You’ve spent years studying, with long hours and late nights. But does your qualification guarantee a job? Find out what it takes to start your dream job.

We’ve heard it time and time again “studying further will help you get a job”. But is that all there is to a successful career? With so many unemployed graduates, there has to be a bit more to it than that. Does your qualification guarantee a job? Find out everything and more here.

Does Your Qualification Guarantee a Job?

If you’re depending solely on your qualification to get a job, sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You won’t be able to start a career with just your qualification. There’s a list of things you need. Along with it, below are some of the basic elements you need to start a career. 

  • Experience
  • Availability
  • Level of your Degree
  • Who you Know

Experience

To get experience, you need a job. But to get a job, you need experience. They both work hand-in-hand, but at times, experience can be seen as being more important than your qualification, as it proves:

  • Your ability to complete tasks
  • You have workplace skills
  • That you have put your knowledge and theory into practice
  • Your ability to work in a professional environment

Availability

You may have worked hard at getting your qualification, but are your skills in-demand? The job market plays a big part in getting a job. It is best to keep up and check out jobs that will be in-demand in the next 5 years before you start studying. 

Level of your Degree

You can’t expect to get a job as an HR manager with no experience and an HR Management Short Course Certificate. Although our qualification is a stepping stone into the field, you need to be realistic about the doors your level of qualification can open for you. 

Who you Know

Sometimes your qualification and experience just won’t cut it. It’s who you know in the business that can help you get a job. Applying to jobs can dampen your motivation when you don’t get the answer you want. So knowing someone in the field is a great help.

Recruiter shaking hands with an interviewee after an interview. Does your qualification guarantee a job? Find out more right here.

How to Make Your Qualification Work for you

Just because you need more than a qualification to start a career, doesn’t mean you have to stop studying. Gaining a quality education is one of the best things you can do for your career. But it doesn’t stop there. Build on your skills and learn how to make your qualification work for you.

Gain the Experience – To secure your spot in your dream position, gain valuable yet relevant work experience. You can do this by:

Build Your Network – Having the most qualified people in your circles will not only help you get a job. You will be able to learn from them as well. Tips on how to network include:

  • Speaking to experts at career expos
  • Setting up a Linkedin account

Up your Soft Skills – Your technical skills may give you knowledge on your work, but soft skills help you get the job done. Some of the many soft skills you need include:

  • Leadership 
  • Organisational skills
  • Creativity
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamplayer
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Last Updated: September 16, 2021

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Charnell Ward
Charnell Ward
Charnell is a top-class content creator at Skills Academy. She creates engaging content with the aim to provide useful information on distance learning and further study opportunities. Her passion for writing goes beyond her career, as she enjoys writing short stories and volunteering as a writer in her free time. View my LinkedIn profile

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