For many students and recent graduates of any field really, there is a constant battle which they have to fight between totally immersing themselves in their studies to get the best grades and trying to build up the work experience which the marketplace seems to magically require once you’ve graduated. I swear, there have been some instances when you look through some vacancy ads and you wonder if whoever placed this advert actually thought it through.

Like I mean where is a 23-year old graduate supposed to have gotten “at least five years practical experience in the field” when for the past four or five years they were naturally only busy trying to get the very degree for which job they’re now applying? That’s perhaps only an indication of the fact that some different thinking has to be exercised in order for one to survive the economic environment of this day and age – you have to constantly think ahead and try by all means to give yourself any competitive advantage you can get, starting with the challenge of building up adequate experience while earning money at the same time.

If you’ve already graduated then you can still implement the plan to follow – it’s not too late, but if you’re still an undergrad studying towards your degree, now is the perfect time to implement it.

The Plan

So the plan is to immerse yourself in the industry you’re studying towards, but only knee-deep, which is from a sales point of view. Do this and by the time you graduate and you’re searching for your first internship or job, it’ll be the other way around – you’ll have employers trying to knock down your door, or rather flooding your email inbox because going it the route of the internet is indeed just one part of the equation.

Let’s take a law student into account as an example. Naturally, legal studies entail a lot of studying of theory, which you must naturally retain and then put into practice in practical scenarios. I mean that’s what makes a good lawyer, even if you’re specialising in something like disability law in particular.

Now, proceed to erect a blog or a website, but make it a personal one on which you’re going to discuss your area of study, making it clear that you’re working towards a professional qualification. You can use something like WordPress or any other content management system to erect your blog within minutes, after which time you’re going to document your journey as you grow into your chosen profession.

Now, put every aspect of what you’re learning into practice, which is something that will make for some good revision, by perhaps looking up real cases where people could benefit from the services of specific law firms, then act as a connector of sorts. Maybe get in touch with the prospective client, present a would-be solution from the point of view of the law firm chosen, then upon getting their permission to contact the law firm on their behalf, proceed to do so and ask only for a reference or recommendation in return, which can later on turn into an income-generating avenue.