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