Life After Graduation: Tools To Help The Transition
Like many naive college freshmen, you probably assumed that the period after graduation would be filled with a wave of job opportunities from numerous potential employers who were ready to offer you the career of your dreams. With the economy still slowly recovering from the recession, and with many recent college graduates still struggling to find work, the reality of this dream has taken a hard hit for many college seniors and recent graduates facing the ever-growing challenge of transitioning from college to the professional world. The dawning realization for many grads is that life after graduation sucks.
Like the video? We have more detailed tips below. With the following three tips in mind, you’ll be better positioned to avoid contributing to this statistic and have a better shot of setting yourself up for success when making this crucial life change.
1. Obtain Job Experience with Internships
An unpaid internship is not an ideal choice for struggling college graduates, but this is often a great solution for both getting your foot in the door at a potential job and gaining job experience to increase the appeal of your resume. To find these internship opportunities, consider turning to your alma mater’s career services department or your former professors to connect you with the best internships for your training. Taking this route to find internships also increases your likelihood of landing the position, since a professional career counselor or established professor at your college will add an extra endorsement for your work ethic.
2. Consider Online Education
The job market is fiercely competitive these days, and additional education may help you get noticed by employers. Earning a degree online is one way you can extend your education while still allotting time for another job, family life and other obligations you may have after graduation. Many universities and even a few high schools now require students to take courses online, since becoming acquainted with technological media is an excellent way to help students succeed in a technology-rich professional world.
3. Ace the Interview
It sounds a lot easier said than done, but there are a few strategies graduates can use to really impress employers during the interview process. If you’ve had plenty of interviews but not a lot of call-backs, it’s possible that you haven’t properly prepared for this crucial step of the job-seeking process. Consider taking classes offered by established professionals regarding how to perform better in your job interviews. In addition to taking notes from the pros, practice your speaking skills and make sure to let the interviewer know exactly why you’re qualified for the position in question. Be sure to research the job and company background extensively beforehand, and use this information to show how much you care about the job in the interview.
Graduating college may not lead to your dream job right away, but the sluggish economy gives you the opportunity to work for what you want and truly earn your ideal position in spite of huge competition. More than anything, it’s important to realize you’re not alone in your search, since many recent graduates often find themselves in the same boat after college. With these tips in mind, you’ll have the tools you need to handle this intimidating transition with a lot more self-confidence.
Do you have any other suggestions to help with life after graduation?
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