So it’s almost April, graduation is five weeks away, and you still haven’t landed that dream job you thought you would have by now. You’re beginning to stress out, your folks are breathing down your neck, worrying that they might have to support you financially for the rest of their lives, and you feel like there is nothing more you can do to find a job. Hope is not lost. Here are three possible solutions to your job worries:
- Work those connections. Since campus recruiting season is coming to an end, you’re actually going to have to do some work in order to find work. Companies that are hiring are not going to come to you—you have to go to them. The most effective way to find possible job openings is by working your connections. Make a list of everyone you know who works in industries that interest you. Then contact these people and try to set up an informational interview. Ask them for just 5-10 minutes of their time or even ask them to lunch. Just by reaching out to these connections you are putting a bug in their ear that you are looking for a job. While your connections might not be able to help you find a job with their company, they might have a friend whose company is hiring.
- Get a summer internship. A common misconception about internships is that they are only for students who are still in college. There are many internship opportunities (paid and unpaid) for recent college graduates. While internships do not pay as well as entry-level positions, the benefits of an internship are extremely valuable. First of all, many companies look to hire their interns if they do an exceptional job. In addition, you will meet many people outside of the company that you are interning with. This will help you grow your connections and open up even more opportunities. Also, internships provide you with excellent work experience that companies look for in new hires. A summer internship might be just what you need to launch you into a successful post-graduate career.
- Schedule a meeting with a Career Consultant at the Career Center. The Career Consultants at the Career Center are extremely knowledgeable and work with students who have yet to find a job all the time. They can show you some resources and options that you have this late in the game and can help you develop a plan to find that job that you are looking for.
Also, if you are looking for a summer job, please be sure to attend the Summer Employment Fair on April 9th from 10am-2pm in Tate Grand Hall.