No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks - now money will practically grow on trees, dreams will finally come true, and we’ll all live happily ever after. Many graduates are in for a rude awakening and not simply based on the economy, or their lack of experience, but their state of mind.
The appeal of a college degree, while still alluring, comes with almost as much fear as going out into the world with no degree. Many graduates today are getting their bachelors and masters degrees and working in coffee shops or call centers, and whether you get a high paying job on a favorable career track or get stuck waiting tables you still have to pay off your college loans. This poses a whole new problem for the graduate, paying out money they aren’t making.
All isn’t lost, and their are ways to raise the probability that a new college graduate will land a career in their field of study within the first year of graduation.
For those who have already graduated go ahead and look for internships in your area. It is better to do an internship while still in school because you have far more options thanks to your school’s connection and you can get credit for it, not to mention, they may offer you a job before you graduate. Either way, there are many sites that can help you find internships close to you, or you can research specific companies you are interested in and see if they have an intern program. Even if you don’t get paid, or don’t receive the job by the end, you will have far more experience than most.
2~ Get Involved
Many college students are already involved in multiple activities, clubs, greek life, etc., long before they graduate, and most will probably want to take a break from being involved and just fall off the face of the earth for a while. But after the break, which is hopefully short-lived, get back involved, but this time with the community. Not only will this give you more to put on your resume, but you will meet important people with lucrative connections.
3~ Networking, networking, networking
It is a very good idea to have business cards made, just because you don’t work for a company yet doesn’t mean you are not still a young professional, and should represent yourself as such. This is an easy way for people to remember you and find out what field you are involved in. Keep in touch with people you meet at local events, follow up with them and see if their company is interested in looking over your resume. Persistence is a very appreciated trait when shopping for a career and organizations will think of you before your competition.
These are the elements that go beyond the piece of paper that says you’re qualified. There are many smart college graduates out there who know what they are doing but show no drive or motivation. The graduate who really wants to land a career and get as close to the money tree as possible will be the one who persists even after they get their degree.