We have all heard the saying, "in order to get a job, you need experience". But how can we get experience if we need prier work experience for a job that could give us experience?
So, I am a young adult who has had an interest in all areas of IT for quite some time now. I went into studies straight out of high school and completed a certificate 3, 4, diploma, advanced diploma and only recently, a bachelor's degree of IT & network security, all within roughly 3 years. I studied full-time and never got a job as I did not require it at the time. Teachers would always say "get a degree", and I grew up thinking that it was the best thing one could do to make them more employable. I was wrong.
Recently after finishing my degree, I have come to realise that finding a job in all IT areas is not about a degree at all. I thought that I would be employed easily because, well, who wouldn't want a young enthusiastic 20 year old with a degree? I am also a citizen of my country which could help me stand out more.
Understandably, employers want people with experience. I didn't know how much experience until I started applying for jobs. Junior jobs for cyber security, IT support and even helpdesk all want some prier work and/or IT experience which I do not have. I would apply for multiple jobs a day and not hear back from all of them. I have been looking, applying, and hoping for some weeks now but have got nothing. Maybe it's just the time period with all this COVID-19, but it is still worrying to think that I could have achieved all these certificates for nothing. I have had experience with all different technologies during my studies but never actual work experience. Many times we would have practical labs to do in class using physical equipment.
The reason I am writing this is to ask, what would help me in obtaining a job? How can I stand out? Many other friends of mine are going through similar scenarios. I have called up a few places asking for work experience but understandably they declined due to insurance issues. How else could I get work experience? I have also had people review my resume and they agree that there is nothing wrong. I should point out that I live in Australia so there is plenty of opportunities, it's just that all want some sort of experience.
It would be great to hear from an employer to hear what they have to say. What can help me get a job?