Top Tips for TICE Graduates


Interested in applying to jobs in the Creative Sector?

Have a look at this article we’ve put together to help you along your way!

Look the part

Looks are definitely not everything, but if you are interested in applying for jobs in a creative sector, maintaining an appropriate appearance is essential. Employers will only take you seriously if you take yourself seriously, so be mindful of your wardrobe choices.  Remember to be professional, but also chose a style that reflects your personality.  Some industries will be more flexible than others, but remember to always let yourself shine through – at the end of the day, employers are interested in who you are and what makes you different.

Be confident

Confidence is by the far one of the most important attributes you can bring to the table as a new player in the job market.  Many other people in your position will bring to the table similar qualities.  However, if you are confident in your abilities, employers will notice that and appreciate it, especially coming from someone new to the job market.  Remember though, that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance – and arrogance is not a likeable quality!

Play up your strengths

Make a list of your accomplishments and identify what your strengths are.  Then identify which strengths are relevant to the career/field you are pursuing.  Learn to articulate why you feel you reflect a certain attribute, and how you have demonstrated it.  For example, if you believe you have good communication skills, you could explain that you communicate well in person and on paper, and talk about a group project (or something like that) where you demonstrated those qualities.  Many people just starting off in the job market are going to have similar qualities, but if you can provide evidence as to how you demonstrated a skill, you will be much more effective at obtaining a job.

Be aware of your social media channels

Social media is blowing up on all levels!  Many businesses and organisations now use channels like Facebook and Twitter to promote their business – which means they may be able to view your social media activity.  In reality, many employers will research their potential employees on different social media channels in order to see what kind of person they really are.  In that case, be mindful of what you are posting on your social media accounts!  Inappropriate comments or questionable photos will make employers look at you different, and may even eliminate your chances at a job you really want.  Using social media is meant to be fun, and it can be – but just remember that potential employers may also be seeing what you are sharing with what you thought were just your friends.

Be open and willing to try new things

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your ‘comfort zone’ once in a while.  You may come across an opportunity that interests you, but you feel scared, shy or under qualified – don’t let this stop you!  You will always regret the opportunities you do not take, so try and push yourself to take on new and different challenges.  It may even open your eyes to something you never realised existed or that you enjoyed!  But always remember to be safe and follow your instincts – if you really feel uncomfortable, than maybe it isn’t worth it.  At the end of the day, you should be happy with your job choices and it is important to always keep that in mind.

Work hard

This may seem like an obvious one, but the importance of working hard in your first real professional role is essential to the future well being of your career.  Your performance in your first professional role will set the tone for the rest of your working life.  You will be presented with many opportunities, such as networking and making references, that will assist you in achieving your future career goals.  It’s important to recognize the importance of your first job, and to apply yourself fully so that you prove you are a professional, hard-working young individual.

Be professional

Being a young individual in the job market can be really difficult!  Some employers may not take you seriously because of your age, and so you must do your best to prove them wrong!  Acting in a professional manner will show others that you are mature and responsible, and capable of succeeding in the professional work.  Always be on time for work, keep all working relationships professional, and don’t use inappropriate language or discuss inappropriate topics at work.  Also remember not to complain to your colleagues at work!  Your job may be stressful, but complaining to other employees is highly unprofessional and can give your managers the wrong impression of you.  Wait until you leave work to vent your problems by talking to friends or doing an activity you enjoy.

Be aware of good opportunities

The key to moving forward in your new role lies in your ability to recognize and take advantage of good opportunities.  Always take up opportunities that will make you stand our or that highlight your abilities.  For example, volunteer yourself for extra projects at work.  Things like this will make you stand our and show you are committed to hard work.

A list of essential skills

Here is a list of essential skills all young people new to the job market should try and develop:

  • Organisational Skills: your ability to manage your work effectively, including using time management for deadlines and prioritising work based on importance
  • Communication Skills: your ability to communicate effectively in person and on paper
  • Analytical Skills: your ability to solve problems, articulate concepts and make meaningful decisions
  • Problem-Solving Skills: your ability to solve problems while considering all outcomes and consequences and making the best decision
  • Leadership Skills: your ability to act effectively as a leader
  • Teamwork Skills: your ability to work well in a team
  • Decision-Making Skills: your ability to arrive at a solution to a problem by making clear judgments and separating facts from opinions; this includes seeking alternative solutions, applying knowledge, evaluating alternatives and selecting a course of action