As we head towards graduation, we’re finishing up final projects, defending theses, securing job interviews and scouring Craiglist for potential roommates in a city we’ll hopefully end up in. Has anyone else downloaded a bunch of apartment searching apps?
This process has left me overwhelmed and I’m sure I’m not the only one. For the most part, we’ve been in school since we were children and we always knew where we would go next. It was a natural progression, elementary, intermediate, high school then college. But now we have important and scary decisions to make. I want to share advice I received from my co-workers when I was trying to determine my next step.
Your first job, and really your first four jobs, does not define your whole career. I was putting a lot of pressure on this decision but my supervisor reminded me that you don’t have to stay in your first job forever. You don’t even have to stay in the same career forever. Most of her friends from her public relations program ended up in different industries and that’s completely okay. The decisions we’re making today will help us find the ideal fit eventually.
It’s okay to keep looking. Don’t look for new jobs on company time but if you don’t think your new position is the right fit, keep searching for the right position. Create new opportunities for yourself; arrange informational interviews and attend networking events.
If a job offer does not feel right, don’t take it. This one is tough because we have to pay our rent somehow. But don’t take a job for the sake of having a job. If you know a position not a good fit, find another job that makes you happy. That being said, don’t hold out for the perfect job. Wait for a good fit but acknowledge the fact that you might not be qualified for that “perfect job” right out of college.
Are you stressing, too? Please share any advice, comments or concerns you have about the uncertain future.
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