Do you think your experience will hold you back? It most likely will, but the truth is most of us are only qualified for a small percentage of the positions out there. So don’t sweat it!
How can you get experience if companies won’t hire you because you don’t have any experience? Having this issue is normal for most new graduates and career changers. Are you frustrated because you can’t get a company to hire you because of your lack of experience? Again, it’s impossible for you to have experience in every position in the world. So keep things in perspective.
So what’s the answer? How can you overcome this never-ending problem? The truth is you’re not the first person that has had to deal with this issue. All of us have. It’s how you prepare for this issue (which you know is coming) that makes the difference. The best way to prepare for this lack of experience is to get into an internship program as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you graduate or soon to be. That’s too late!
As soon as you know your major, start looking for an internship! That’s how early I want you to get into an internship program. If you’re working in your industry for a year or two, albeit in an internship program, you will gain that all-important experience companies are looking for. Plus you will gain contacts in your industry, references from your industry when you’ve complete your internship, and the strong possibility of getting a job offer from the company you’re doing your internship with. What’s to lose? Nothing!
And internships aren’t just for students. If you’re looking to change careers I would strongly recommend you get into an internship for your specific industry. Believe me, a large majority of you will get job offers from these companies. The company will know you. They trained you. It’s less risky for this company to hire you then it is to hire an unknown candidate they didn’t train. I cannot stress the importance of internships enough. It’s the best way to get a jump on your competition.
If it is too late for you, because you didn’t plan accordingly, you will have to convince a company to take a chance on you. Invest in you. Take you on as a project. I can tell you without hesitation, a lot of companies won’t take this risk. They will tell you to apply once you have gained more experience. Yikes!
I wouldn’t have gotten into my first career position without my internships (Yes, I had more than one internship). When I graduated college I had almost two years of industry experience before I ever applied for my first position. Do you think I had an advantage over my competition? Absolutely! I had offers from my internships and other firms in my industry. By gaining that all-important industry experience, I took the risk out of it for the companies that wanted to hire me. I had experience.
So get into an internship, apprenticeship, On-the-job-training, or whatever it’s called in your industry. I know these situations don’t pay very well, but it doesn’t matter right now you need experience. Did I say this was going to be easy? No! And you’re not the first person that has dealt with this issue and you won’t be the last. I am telling you from my own personal experience how to overcome your lack of industry experience and what you need to do to be successful. I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!