Finding Work Months After College Graduation

Finding Work Months After College Graduation
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    It is a fact that college graduates are finding it difficult to launch their careers.

    Despite officially lower unemployment numbers, record numbers of Americans are not in the workforce.

    Moreover, job growth is weak with the best growth occurring in the service sector.


Finding work is a job in itself and can be difficult to do when you’re working a stop-gap job in the meantime. Still, putting effort into finding work can pay off and get you in your new position before the next crop of college graduates enters the job market.

1. Assess your skills. Do you have the tools needed to make a difference at work on the first day? Today’s employers aren’t interested in doing a lot of hand holding, rather they want people to step into available positions with the skills to do the job. With each job opening you find, ask yourself if you have the tools to do the work. If not, you will need to brush up on your weak areas.

2. Effort over passion. You’ve heard the thinking or some variation of the same: if you find your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life. Unfortunately, your passion may not translated into something sustainable. Instead, it can lead you down a road of disappointment. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban recommends that people follow their effort, not their passion. In a 2012 address reported by Business Insider, Cuban noted that “when you work hard at something you become good at it.” And when you’re good at something, you’ll enjoy it more with the passion following.

3. Make a plan. Perhaps you are stuck in a rut. It is easy to fall into one if you don’t have a plan to avoid them in first place. Review your career plans and learn what it takes to move everything into gear. That may mean taking a class to brush up on your skills, joining a networking group, moving to another city to pursue a job, or making a host of other changes. Make a plan for reaching your goals, outlying the interim steps to take to reach them.

4. Ask for help. Job hunting is not a solitary endeavor — you need to ask for help including those closest to you. Family, friends, business associates, former college students, you name it can help out. Contact your college and career office to learn what follow-up services are available for alumni. For instance, you may able to attend a college career fair that is open to students and alumni alike, enabling you to make contact with people you might otherwise miss.

Shifting Gears

Many college students whose career plans have been put on hold or have changed find themselves frustrated, perhaps questioning the importance of their degrees. These feelings are natural, but can also keep you from taking the next step. By shifting gears you can begin to move forward, perhaps exploring other career options. A career or personal counselor may be able to help you out here.

See Also15 Career Tips for College Students


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