Are you about to graduate from college this year? If so, you have no doubt been under undue stress, worrying about how you will graduate in the current Covid-19 climate.
Apart from the worries of actually graduating, you will soon have to think about what you will do after graduation. Unlike every other year (apart from this one), finding a job is much more difficult and even impossible due to the devastating situation that our economy is in.
So, what is there to be done and how can you be begin to be successful in your career despite the current pandemic? Well, the answer is actually an easy one: freelancing!
The great thing with freelancing is that you do not need a job offer in order to begin working. All you need is an idea and you can then start selling your services as soon as possible. Of course, this is easier than it sounds and finding what it is you would like to do is half the battle.
We recommend thinking about what you are naturally good at and what your college degree entailed. Do you have graphic design skills, writing skills or a great ability to code? Harnessing these skills and then turning them into a freelance job can mean a very positive start to your career.
Many recent grads decide to freelance using skills other than their studied field of choice and this can be very useful, especially during these tough times when traditional jobs are very hard to come by.
Luckily, there are certain services and goods that folks need, even during a pandemic, and graduates are freelancing in very creative ways.
For example, some are tutoring others online in languages, the sciences, art and more. Others have begun writing blogs, making videos and coding and selling these services to paying clients.
If you are good at photography, why not take pictures of beauty spots around you? You could even teach others to take great pictures.
Some graduates are excellent with their hands and are now creating woodwork, pottery, painted and sewn items and then selling these on platforms such as Etsy.
Some animal lovers have started dog walking or pet sitting businesses. This is actually quite easy to do, especially if you use pet sitting/walking platforms, like Rover where you can market your services to people in your area.
As you can see, the freelance opportunities really are endless and they need not be complicated at all! Also, by freelancing, this does not mean that you will be doing it for the rest of your career. Since freelancing gives you experience and something tangible that you can list on your resume, it can be a stepping stone to something more in line with what you had initially envisioned. Of course, some freelancers absolutely love what they do and simply don’t wish to do anything else. They can then go on to have highly successful freelancing businesses with no regrets.
A large number of recent graduates often find it difficult to secure a job as they have little to no working experience. This is even more true this year as available jobs are very thin on the ground. By having your own freelancing business, you are responsible for your own bookkeeping, marketing, negotiating and time management. These skills are highly-coveted on a resume and by employers and by developing them as a freelancer, you will be more likely to find the job of your dreams later on.
Finally, with most of the world now in some form of lockdown, don’t despair about being employable: employ yourself and make the sky the limit!
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