When I graduated I was offered a job with Majestic Wine. It was short lived and whilst it was a fun work environment, the hours were long when added to a 1.5 hr commute every day (and that was if I didn't hit traffic on the A303).
I left just before Christmas in 2013 and decided I didn't need any job, I was going to get a job in maritime security, or at least something nautical, otherwise what was the point in my degree debt?
I went to university and studied International Relations (chosen purely because it was a toss up between that and Politics, and the IR brochure had a Destroyer on the front) and came out with a solid 2:1. Over the course of my final year, and as I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on 'The Implementation of Counter Piracy Policies in the Gulf of Aden' I realised actually running away to sea wasn't what I wanted at all, and I wanted to work in maritime policy making. Since starting my current job that has changed again and I'm still not 100% sure it won't change again and again and again... I had my whole life mapped out and then it just wasn't right, so if you don't have a 'plan' then don't worry!
Obviously these tips worked for me, and may not work for everyone. There is a certain amount of luck to it, but anything is better than nothing. All the graduate sites say is 'get a good CV' which is fine, but you need people to actually read that CV.
1. Whilst at university, ensure you make the most out of it, and not just in the SU. Join societies and become active in them. Go to socials, meet new people. Whilst you may not think this will be a great career move, if you're shy in groups and aren't great at talking to people at networking events, you can get used to this on a night out. Meet new society members and who knows, you may make a friend for life. I know I did and now I'm her bridesmaid in September! I'm also now an active part of the UN Association for the UK after being a society member, then President, before becoming a member of the national Youth Council and now Procedure Committee. (it all helps!)
2. Tailor your dissertation to what you want to do, or at least something similar. I have had so many people ask to read mine that I've either met through work or networking.
3. Create yourself a LinkedIn profile and tailor it to what you want to do. Make sure it stands out. Put as many of your achievements as possible. If you can get recommendations from lecturers/employers then do!
I must have done something right as I'm now using my degree, working in maritime security (as per my dissertation) and loving it.
If you don't find something right away, don't panic. Keep plugging away and if you truly want it, you'll get there.
As a wise cigar smoking chap once said:
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
If you've successfully found work using your degree what did you do? Do you have any tips for other people?