Graduation is right around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing! Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Here's some key tips on how to tackle the real-world head on after walking the stage.
1. Don’t Procrastinate
Trying to find a job the week before finals will add stress to your already crazy workload. Which could lessen your chance of scoring the job due to your heightened emotions. We recommend to start researching jobs over winter break and begin applying in February. The more time you give yourself when applying for jobs is equal to the same amount opportunities that will come your way.
2. Your First Career Is Not Your Last Career
What do you mean I need 5+ years of experience to land an entry level job?! Although the job search can seem daunting, especially when you had an ideal job in mind post-graduation, remember that your first job out of college will not be your last job. Sometimes applying for a job as an administrative assistant in a company you want to continue to work for is better than working in a default position in a retail or food service job. Working at that company will put you in an ideal position to move up in the company when openings come up.
3. Utilize Your Networks
You have spent your entire life developing relationships with family, family friends, professors, and past coworkers. Contact those individuals whose professions you can see yourself working in and ask to set up a time to speak. By framing it as an informational interview, you are able to learn more about the career and the company. At the end of the interview, you can express your interest in working for their company. By developing these connections, you can create a more direct line to any career you may be seeking after.
4. Be Patient
Very few people get the first job they apply for, nor do they get it within 3 days. Don’t stress out if your job search is taking longer than expected. Know that the right position is out there for you and it sometimes takes a little longer to find your perfect post grad fit.
And last but not least...
Remember to be proud of yourself despite how the job search is going. Graduating is a major accomplishment and we here as Career Services are very excited for all of you! Good luck (and good job) Seawolves.