Getting a job straight out of school, landing a job once you have done a degree or a training course, getting an apprenticeship, and often even getting a part-time job - the message is simple: having a job makes getting a job way easier.
Remind yourself that everyone got their start somehow, so if they managed to figure it out, then so can you.
Here's what you should NOT be listening to when it comes to finding a job.
The traditional way to get a job – see a vacancy advertised, send in your CV and cover letter, be interviewed, have your references checked and bingo, you’re hired – is constantly evolving. As the internet pervades every aspect of our lives, the job hunt is no exception.
How well do universities and polytechnics prepare you for the workplace? Will the jobs students are trained to do even be there in a decade’s time, a few years after they graduate? These are difficult questions, with concern about even doctors and lawyers being replaced, or augmented, by artificial intelligence, and too many young people training in areas like law, but not enough in others.