Graduated with no job prospects? Now what?

graduated college with no job offerFrom the September / October edition of The Quarter Roll
Congratulations! Youíve Graduated Without a Job Ė Now What?
By Leslie Stahl

This time last year, I was a recent graduate without a job. I was panicked. I was nervous. I was overwhelmed.

Graduating is tough. You feel happy about your accomplishments, excited about what the future has to offer, and nervous about all the unknowns that accompany post-college life.

I was definitely fixating on that last one. There were so many unknowns; well letís face it, there still are. And not knowing when I would leave my parentsí house was enough to keep me glued to the computer almost 24/7.

That was my first mistake. I was obsessive. I was also impatient. I guess the two often go hand-in-hand. When I look back at last June, I wish I had spent more time relaxing and having fun. Iíll be working the rest of my life Ė not sure what the rush was, but back then, I wasnít as wise as I like to think I am now.

My advice to 2011 graduates is to be patient. Whether you have a job or not, you have to be patient. Finding a job takes time. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by my current employer about a month after graduation. If I had not been so lucky, who knows how long it would have taken me to find a job. Patience is key.

And while youíre being patient, itís important to strategize. Since you have the time, you should do your research -- spend time determining what you really want for your career. Iíll admit, I started applying to jobs I knew I didnít want. I figured I was qualified and that was enough.

Now I imagine if I had been offered a job Ė one that I didnít want. I would have been, or at least felt, pressured to take it. I would have been constantly wondering what could have been. Thatís why itís important to take your time if you have it.

Graduating without a job means you are graduating with time on your side. Donít worry, you can afford it. You probably already have student loans after all. A few more weeks or months of unemployment wonít hurt your bottom line as much as taking the wrong job could potentially hurt your career.

Read the rest of the story in the September / October 2011 edition here

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