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The graduate’s journey to the workplace
Graduates do have it rough. The road to getting a decent job straight after university can be fraught with challenges. You work hard obtaining your degree, then suddenly realise how big the whole world actually is.
The lucky ones
However, for an enviable few, finding a job is relatively easy. They apply within their academic fields and land interviews with remarkably high success rates, and yet, the reality for a large section of the recently graduated is very different. More often than not, graduates endlessly wait to hear back from prospective employers, and as time progresses, motivation to seek out a meaning career fades.
Graduate degrees and its usefulness
Perhaps you may have already realised, but a degree is no longer the automatic passport to a meaningful career. After months, and even years of applying for jobs, graduates may realise a few truths about degrees and how useful it is for getting a decent job.
Some cold facts
- Many degrees are too general for the needs of employers
- 2:2 and third class degrees are not valued (unless in exceptional circumstances)
- Choosing BSc over BA may have been a better choice
- A Masters degree would have been an advantage in most job applications
- A degree is insufficient, and further training may be required
- A degree does not compensate for a lack of experience
- Degree helps to gain unpaid internships easier than actual paying jobs
Can becoming a tutor help with employability?
Maintain previous learnt knowledge
Private tutoring enables graduates to revisit subjects that they may have learned back in college or first year of university. It enables them to truly appreciate a subject and potentially shape their views on seeking new knowledge in the future. So if you’re a Biology tutor in London who studied Biomedical Science, brushing up on GCSE Physics might help you to appreciate the subjects more and develop a strong relationship with seeking knowledge.
Familiarity with current education polices
If you’re a maths or English tutor in London, you will be expected to come to terms with major changes to GCSE and A Level curriculum. You might find that this increased familiarity enables to you provide useful advice to friends and families, as well as what employers will likely be seeking when they go through CVs.
Improve interpersonal skills
A major transferable skill private tutors commonly attain is that of communicating with students and parents, both at a professional and social level. As tutors gain experience, the ability to exude professional confidence becomes more apparent.
They gain the ability to sensitively speak to students from different backgrounds, as we all tactfully engage with parents and guardians, all the while displaying an aura of respect and authority, This trait is a hugely important skill for any prospective candidate and can potentially tip the scale for an recruiter.
Time and workload management skills
In the real world of work, this can differentiate the good worker from the one who deserves a promotion. The reality is, time and workload management is not a learnt skill – one cannot simply read about it and become instantly reliable – it is a skill that is perfected over time.
A private tutor who starts off with just one student and progresses to several students a week will have to maintain the agreed schedules, ensure teaching is sufficiently prepared, and their academic needs fulfilled. All this on top of what is happening in the tutor’s own social and other professional life.