Well, we hate to say it, but if you want to pursue a career in your field, you MUST get the experience. Even if that means turning down a non-relevant paying job for a relevant, unpaid internship.
We know it's a difficult thing to accept, but it's just how it is today.
Back when college was less common, it was easy to land a job right out of school, without the real-world experience. These days, however, employers only see a degree as a piece of paper that gets you to the starting line. Without the practical experience to go along with it, you're chances at landing a job in your field are slim.
Whether it's an internship or a part-time job, you really need to find a way to get experience in your field.
"You've GOT to do some work in your field or else you're really going to be behind the eight-ball when you graduate,".
You don't necessarily want to take a job that pays the bills because, when you graduate, that's all the experience you're going have, and since that experience isn't relevant to your field, it's not going to be worth as much to employers.
(Don't kill the messenger!)
"Do whatever you can to work in your field right now, even if it's super entry-level," she urges. "You're going to need it."
Don't let all of those months of handwork go to waste. Do whatever you can to get an internship or a relevant part-time job.
Finally, it's worth remembering that one of the most significant contributors towards happiness at work is not related to how interesting your job is or how much it pays. "Relationships at work are so important," says Prof Cooper, "especially your relationship with your line manager." In fact, if you hate your boss, you'll probably still be miserable, even if your job is both fascinating and well-paid.
What do you think is more important, experience or qualifications? Join the debate and let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!