Tate Grand Hall was overflowing with fervor during the annual 100 Days to Graduation event last week. From choosing graduation announcements to picking out a rocking class ring, a buzz of excitement filled the room as seniors rewarded themselves for years of hard work at UGA. As a participant in these festivities, I can speak to the freedom associated with being done with classes (potentially forever) in a mere 100 days.
Unfortunately, this freedom is met with a great fear of the unknown. Call it a case of the Mondays, but today I have found myself reflecting on the looming blankness of my Google calendar as plans for next year are nonexistent. While I’m reminded by my family to focus on the present while plans for the future take shape, this is, as many of you can attest, not an easy feat.
So for those of us who are still searching for a job, here’s some insight into what to do now. While finishing classes out strong is perhaps most important, continuing the job search is vital. According to Merriam-Webster, search is a verb meaning “to look into or over carefully or thoroughly in an effort to find or discover something”. This definition emphasizes the importance of actively engaging in a pursuit to find the job of your dreams. Check out these resources for making your search a bit easier:
DawgLink is updated frequently which means jobs are shuffled in and out constantly. Sure you may not have found the perfect job when you searched this time last week but it’s worth your while to check again today! And when you do find a job(s) that interests you, APPLY! Not sure how? Check out this YouTube video about using the site and this blog for other tips!
The power of networking
Chances are, unless you are entering a field so new no one really knows about it, you know someone who knows someone in your field of interest. And when you figure out who that person is, contact them to set-up an informational interview. Often in the form of a lunch meeting or brief office visit, informational interviews are generally the best sources of insight into the next steps appropriate for your career. Find out exactly why your contact entered the field they’re in, how they got to where they are now and what you can do to get there yourself. Learn as much as you can during the interview and bring a copy of your resume along- you never know where an informational interview will lead!
Career Center events
Let me preface by saying that I promise this section is more than a shameless plug for upcoming events.
When employers offer to participate in a Career Center event they spend time and money to do so. Therefore, most come to events hoping to find potential employees among the sea of UGA students. Here are a few in the next two weeks:
Careers in Public Service
Tuesday, February 7
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Government and Nonprofit Career Fair
Wednesday, February 8
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tate Grand Hall
Careers in Nursing
Wednesday, February 15
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Check out our website for a more exhaustive list!
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to-do, arrange a meeting with your Career Consultant. Your consultant can provide you with more specialized advice catered to your exact needs. You can also get resumes critiqued; cover letters reviewed and practice interviewing for when you do get your big break! Call the Career Center at 706-542-3375 to set-up an appointment!