Five tips for graduating arts students

Art students face stiff competition when it comes to showcasing their talent after graduating from higher education. As soon as art students finish their degree, if not before, they should be thinking about how they are going to secure gainful employment.

Students of the arts have normally spent hours learning, creating and performing, so should have plenty of ideas to help them produce top quality songs, monologues, scripts or artwork.

Here are five essential tips to follow on graduating from your arts institution.

Find a non-performing hobby

When you get into working life, you will immerse yourself in your art. You will meet plenty of other people with similar interests, working in the same industry. So it’s important to have a break and do something really different during your time off, to achieve a perfect balance in your life. So consider taking up other performance arts, or get active by pumping weights at the gym or joining a sports team. You could even take up knitting…

Find out who YOU are

During your studies, you might have been typecast as a villain or romantic lead, or expected to paint or draw in a certain style. But now you are starting work, you no longer need to limit yourself to such roles. There is more in all of us than we think there is. So explore who you really are and find out what you can really do. By challenging yourself, you may bring more to the table and win things that you never thought possible..

Create a great support network

Never take the support of those who love you for granted. Always value your network of friends and family and show your appreciation to them. Share your ideas, successes and defeats with them and ask for their honest suggestions for what you have to do next to progress further in life.

Introduce positive thoughts, every day

If you face lots of rejections, try not to lose hope, but  think positive instead. Have a positive mindset and remember that things are seldom as bad as they seem. Positivity does not eliminate negative things happening, but it does give a stronger mindset to help you deal with them. It gives a purpose in life and the hope that the best is yet to come. So tell yourself daily that you are awesome, and you will eventually get the things in life which are right for you.

Everyone is different, so stop comparing yourself

Everyone has a different journey in life. You might fall in the same artistic category, but at the end of the day you are an individual. So do not compare yourself with others. Some people get employed straight away while others take longer to find what suits them. It’s easy to dwell on rejections and say, ‘’Why me?’’ but you must realise that you are not alone. So be patient and trust yourself. If things are not happening for you, then make them happen by reading inspiring books, writing show/ scripts/ cabarets and getting your name out there by any means possible.

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Important Tips for New Graduates

If you have recently graduated from university, then you must be thinking about starting your working life. Entering the workplace is a totally different experience from being in a university.

Here are some important tips for you to remember:

Remember what you have learnt

Your university studies give you a foundation for success. So do not treat your degree as the end result of your education, use it as important tool to help you move on to the next stage of your future and career.

Bo someone that your colleagues will love to help

Be optimistic and have a positive attitude. Love yourself and try to help people around you. Helping each other is the best way that people can survive in difficult situations in life. If you help others, they will help you to succeed.

Don’t assume you’re the smartest person in town

Being down to earth is a great way to make strong relationships in the workplace. Arrogance is definitely not the way to go. Even if you are (always) right, you should remember that you need to keep people on your side. Never forget that teamwork is admired and followed in every organisation.

Make a good first impression

Work on the impression you want to create when you start out in the workplace. It’s difficult to change people opinions once they are formed.

Give your best when you are given a menial task

Do your best when you are given a menial task and keep a smile on your face. This will earn you the respect of your managers and colleagues. So initially, pay your dues; use your energy and dedication to gain greater achievements later on.

Work hard to enjoy success

Stay focussed and productive. Develop a habit of working regularly, efficiently and in a good humour. Good work habits like these are more admirable than simply having a talent in a certain area. So develop yourself along these lines.

Learn to listen, listen to learn.

It’s extremely important to listen to people and concentrate on what they are saying. This is the best way to learn. So use this powerful technique to become a great learner.

Work on your weaknesses and accept them

We all have weaknesses, so learn to compensate for them. There will be moments in your working life when you will be asked to do things which do not play to your strengths, so the best way to handle such a situation is to evaluate yourself and learn as much as you can from other people along the way.