4/16/2014 | BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT Page ContentThese days a greater number of people have access to tertiary education than ever before. It becomes a challenge then when you enter the job market for the first time. How do you stand out from the pack – particularly when you have a highly popular qualification like a BCom degree, and may be competing with more experienced applicants for a single position?The first thing to do is try and get as much hands-on experience as possible. You will quickly learn the difference between academic theory and workplace reality. One of the most important abilities you will need to develop is how to apply taught knowledge to real working world situations so as to produce effective results. If you are a recent graduate, consider applying for graduate programmes and internships at companies that align with your ambitions. Even if the internship position is unpaid, any experience adds to a CV and helps you to stand out professionally. You could even consider taking a part-time job while still studying. This demonstrates to potential employers that you are already familiar with workplace responsibilities and time management. Plus it suggests that you have real professional drive, and have applied a lot of thought to your future.To stand out with a BCom degree, you should also keep learning. Build on your degree with a post-graduate qualification, like a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours. Alternatively, consider other related degrees, diplomas and certificates that expand on your expertise. Think about taking courses in financial skills development, sales, marketing and management in general.In addition to a full-time BCom degree that is recognised and approved by the prestigious Open University in the United Kingdom, Varsity College offers tuition support for an assortment of business-centric under-graduate programmes – as well as a few post-graduate programmes as well. As you well know, a qualification from a reputable higher education institution is always an asset during a job hunt.Finally, if you don’t have the money to continue studying just yet, it is crucial to build a name for yourself. In the 21st Century, with so many social media and personal marketing channels, particularly online, every person is their own brand. Who you know and what you’re known for are major assets, and should be carefully cultivated. Attend industry events, network and develop your communication skills. You may find they pay off sooner rather than later.