Monday, February 1

How To Graduate With a Job Offer

Too often, students do well in school and forget why they are there in the first place--to find a job. Graduation dawns all too fast and these students are left in limbo, often moving back home since they don't have anything prepared. In order to graduate with a job, keep these tips in mind. 
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1. Know what you want to do. Starting your job search in your last year of university is far, far too late. You should be looking at internships the moment you enter college. Granted, these internships may not be able to support you, but try to make whatever position you take during school relate to your field. I know it's great to enjoy a summer off, but a summer off between when you graduate and when you start working is MUCH more relaxing. 

2. Actually apply for jobs. I've also heard of students who have graduated complain that they don't get many callbacks, even though they've been applying for jobs all week. How many did they apply for? 5. At a certain point, you should really just be churning these applications out! A better goal is 15... per day. 

3. Get a Plan B - That doesn't involve more school. There are a lot of people who pursue more school because they are good at it. It's great to do something that you love, but I think we need to keep a payday at the end of the tunnel in mind. It's not that jobs in academia aren't available, but whenever I've seen it, it's been rare. Don't go to get more school because that's what you've always done. Sometimes, we may need to take a position that's not ideal... to wait for something more appropriate to come along. If anything, you may discover a new passion or realize that your original idea is exactly the path you're meant to be one.

After doing all this... you still may not get an offer. Everyone's situation is different. Not everyone wants to settle for the first job they find. Some people need to move to find gainful employment. Others are underemployed. I've seen it too, where bright, intelligent and hardworking students can't find jobs for reasons unexplained. Rest assured. Keep trying; it's not just you.

8 comments:

  1. Great advice. Having a plan b is always a good idea.

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  2. Great post and very true. It was hard for me to think of career goals because I didn't go to college with a career in mind. 5 years and two jobs later, I still don't know what I want to do, but I will say that sometimes you have to work a job, any job (that's legal of course), for the experience and the money. My previous job was horrible, but I gained a lot of experience, and it helped me get my current job, which I love. Things do work out in the end.

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  3. I forgot how it is to work.. surely miss it as hell! Long time since I've been a student, but lots of things happened meanwhile.. right now I'm enjoying my maternity leave!

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  4. Great advice! So true- too many of us think the job offers will magically appear once we graduate- the truth is, you gotta chase 'em!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  5. I struggled to get a job in my field after graduating with my Masters. If I didn't have a back up job, I don't know what I would have done!! These are some useful tips.

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  6. This was very pertinent advice! I really resonate with the line "don't go to school just because that's what you've always done." It's really tempting to retreat to the familiar, but often times a healthy dose of uncomfortable leads to the most growth.

    imperfect idealist

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  7. Great advice, practical and wise!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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