It’s about that time for college seniors to start thinking about what the next move beyond college is going to be. Job fairs have already started registering companies and sending notifications out to students – many of whom forgot that job fairs generally happen soon after school starts and need to start getting their sh*t together. If this is you, YOU’RE NOT ALONE I can promise you that. I’m right there with you!
For some, the job hunt isn’t as daunting because they know exactly the position/company that they want to work for, which is awesome for them. For the majority of students, though, we are like lost puppies thinking about what to seek out for our first post-graduation #ADULTING job. After closing up my summer internship, some things have been on my mind that I wanted to share with any other students that are feeling overwhelmed with this huge decision on the horizon.
- Be patient. The job interview process can be grueling and long. You could do countless interviews and not hear anything back from any of the companies. This is normal – do not write yourself off so quickly! Just because the first job you interview for doesn’t end up offering does not mean you are a failure and all of your time in school was wasted. Be patient, understanding and take the feedback you receive into your next interview and kill it.
- Avoid comparisons. Summer internship positions can often turn into full-time positions for some. For myself, this was not the case. After my internship at Kohl’s ended, I did not get extended an offer to come back full-time after graduation. Many of my intern friends will end up getting the job offer, but it’s important for me to not create comparisons between myself and my coworkers. Ever seen the “New York is three hours ahead of California” quote? I found it on Pinterest one day and instantly related (search it & it’ll be one of the first – didn’t want to claim it as my own). Every person moves at their own pace and is at different stages in their lives. It’s actually quite good that we aren’t all equivalent, because then we’d know what to expect out of life and that could get boring, don’t you think?
- Don’t doubt yourself. There can always be a little devil on your shoulder telling you that you’re not “qualified enough” or “smart enough” for something that you’re interested in. It holds you back and you think Why not just take the easy route? Don’t settle! In any part of your life, never settle for something that you aren’t 100% invested in. Know that you are as good as you set your mind to be and can be as successful as you want if you work for it – don’t let that nagging negative thought get the best of you.
The most important thing for us to remember is that our first job surely will not be the last – that’s unheard of. Your first full-time job will teach you what you love and what you hate about the job position itself, the workplace culture, and the place that you live (just to name a few). It will teach you what you want to pursue further in your career and what you want to stay away from. It’s not something that you will be stuck in forever!
As the career fair approaches, I will be taking notes on positions/companies that interest me and possibly seem like a good fit for what I’m looking for. Be proactive but keep an open mind! It never hurts to stop by a booth to learn more about what a company has to offer. But also, don’t stress too much about the future. Although I will be actively looking for a post-graduation job, I will definitely be soaking up every last minute that I have left in college! For my college seniors – let’s have fun and make the most of the time we have left. Cheers!