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With the economy still struggling and unemployment rates soaring, many people are choosing to take a year out after graduating from University. Is this a good idea? Getting away for a while can seem inviting especially after years of hard studying, but are Graduates just delaying the inevitable? Could they make better use of that time by staying at home and getting some valuable job experience?
The post-uni “gap year” is nothing new. It was considered a rite of passage for many young Victorian men to travel around Europe before coming home and settling down. Now, thanks to commercial airlines, we can travel to any corner of the globe in hours, and take in different cultures, environments and landscapes.
The concept of the gap year has grown up a lot in recent years. Where it used to mean backpacking through as many countries as possible in the shortest period of time, taking photographs and moving on, today attitudes have changed, more and more people are choosing to give something back. Conservation groups, children’s charities and nature reserves are cropping up all over deprived countries, and travellers can now volunteer and work at these places whilst absorbing the culture around them. Not only is this much better for the societies in need, but the volunteers gain valuable skills which can be put to use on their CVs when they return home. People are living longer than ever before, and it is expected if this trend continues that the generation graduating from university now will live well into their 90s and even 100s. The retirement age recently increased, and will no doubt continue to do so as people live longer. Why spend your life studying in education only to rush into a career straight out of Uni? Your early 20s are the years when you can truly be selfish. With no dependent children or family, why shouldn’t you have a bit of adventure before settling down? After fourteen years of education, you deserve a break.
People have been heading off on worldly adventures after finishing their degree for years, and judging from the older generation, it didn’t do them any harm.
It is easy to sing the praises of the gap year. After all who wouldn’t want to swan off to distant lands and spend months getting drunk on foreign beaches? But graduates who are serious about finding their dream job could be missing out on huge opportunities by doing so. Many large corporations only accept Graduates who finished University up to two years ago. If you consider that you may not have enough required experience under your belt in order to even be considered for the interview stage, this is a very small window of opportunity. Your first few years out of University will shape your career more than any other. Rather than squandering what little money you have on flip flops and “finding yourself”, you should be focusing on getting as much experience as possible, whether that is through internships, volunteering or paid work.
The job market is hugely competitive at the moment, and if you want to have an edge on the hundreds of other graduates who apply, you need to prove yourself. Besides, wouldn’t you rather travel once you have enough money to be able to do it in style? You won’t earn that kind of money through slacking. You will find it much harder to find a graduate job in your desired field after a year away, and will not be in the mind-set to take the job hunt seriously. Take advantage of the knowledge that is still fresh in your mind – you won’t remember the finer details of your degree course if your mind is still in Bangkok.
Olivia Lazenby blogs for www.jobsinmanchester.com. After graduating she spent a year living in Australia, where she worked for the majority of her stay. She returned home to Manchester where she now advises job seekers on finding work.
People who get laid off are finding jobs. CareerCloud is launching a new series on its podcast that interviews successful job seekers aho are landing jobs. They tell their story, share tips and tell you step by step what led them to finding work. Their latest show includes an interview with Hope Barrett from Atlanta who got her job by putting her resume on a job board! Imagine that. Listen to this 27 minute interview here.
Think of it as the next Apollo space program, only in the private sector. Tremendous job growth, expanding technologies and new ways of seeing the world are only a few of the benefits that are being promised.
The big data boom is already well past the horizon, and Forbes magazine along with many other media sources has started to do its own data analysis on the job market to see what the effect is so far. Given Forbes’ categorization of job titles in marketing analytics, business intelligence and other related fields, as of July, 2013 they show over 23,000 job postings. Growth for one year is 67%, three years 136%.
“Big data” is starting to be an explicit job requirement for these jobs, with requirements including:
- Data visualization
- Marketing Data Analytics
- Data security
- Data science
Scanning some of the openings posted, many of the companies such as Ancestry.com are focused in another business realm, but waking up quickly to the need to make good use of the treasures stored in their own data.
InfoWorld points out that many Big Data jobs are part of an overall growth in opportunities for hybrid IT/business grads and professionals who know the tools and have domain expertise with the data. Smartplanet.com takes the diversified jobs perspective even further, saying that understanding and using analytics will be an important part of the skill set of anyone wanting to get ahead as Big Data becomes a key part of company strategies. Presenting results or innovative ideas to decision makers will require more than optimistic graphics: executives will be looking for deep analytics to support claims and projections.
Some of the Big Data Jobs include.
- Big Data Scientist
- Director, Business Operations, Customer Insights & Big Data
- Senior & Principal Data Scientists
- Senior Hadoop Developer Big Data
- Technology Lead (Big Data)
There are many more, most posted in the last month or two. Jive Software’s list of open source projects they’re interested in include Apache Hadoop, HBase, ZooKeeper, Pig, Mahout, Flume and Neo4j. Chances are there aren’t going to be many candidates with extensive experience in all of these, so the market is going to be hot.
According to Glassdoor.com, salaries at major corporations for Big Data software engineers in Boston and San Francisco are running $80-120k, Data Scientists and Analysts have been making $90-110k and $65-75k respectively. Salaries vary according to industry, location, and demand, and for technical professionals can often include very attractive employee benefits and work environments as well.
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Temporary jobs are at an all time high. new statistics paint an interesting picture of whats happening in the job market.
- Temp jobs in the United States have soared by 53 percent in the past four years to 2.7 million workers. In that same period, Georgia has seen temp work grow by 40 percent to 101,557 workers.
- 12% of the workforce is made up of temps
- Approximately one-third of all temps work in manufacturing
- Temp jobs make up nearly 20% of the jobs gained since the great recession ended
Is it because companies aren’t willing to invest long term in permanent employees? That may be the case say some experts. Some temporary gigs can leads to a full time positions according to labor force stats, about 27% of temps get hired full time. There is even some mobile apps like GigWalk and Taskrabbit focused on hiring temporary workers.
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