You graduated from college..., what now/next?

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    Jul 11, 2010 9:23 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So, it's been almost a month since I graduated from college, and I'm in a process of job searching (I have an interview this Saturday.) I'm just curious to see if you guys are in a similar situation like mine or have done more things like career step up, grad school or something. Have you made a career change, gone back to school etc.?

    In other words:
    What do you do? How did you get there? What are you going to do?

    Look forward to hearing from y'all.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    You join the rolls of the unemployed.

  • Jul 12, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    dsato17 saidHey guys,

    So, it's been almost a month since I graduated from college, and I'm in a process of job searching (I have an interview this Saturday.) I'm just curious to see if you guys are in a similar situation like mine or have done more things like career step up, grad school or something. Have you made a career change, gone back to school etc.?

    In other words:
    What do you do? How did you get there? What are you going to do?

    Look forward to hearing from y'all.


    I've been looking for a new job for the last two months. Just keep at it...
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    It's been suggested in other threads to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK and NETWORK....

    in these times you need all the contacts you can get.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jul 12, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    um, I hope you get offered that job. I graduated from college last December, and haven't yet been offered an interview, let alone a job. I am not the only person from my class in a similar situation. One of my friends who is unemployed has just quit looking altogether - right now he is living in with his boyfriend. Another friend was planning on going to law school, but gave up on that ambition because he couldn't afford it. Right now he is working as a retail manager "trainee."

    I know a few other people who just graduated this past May, and I think it's stories like mine that terrify them. Personally, I'd love to go to grad school, but I am not financially reckless. A few friends of mine are going to grad school, but are only getting by with credit cards because they can't find a job to support themselves while they go to school. Apparently, their parents can't help them money-wise, because they too are feeling the economic pressure. The military is looking more and more like an option for me icon_neutral.gif It is extremely tough out there icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    Also graduated recently. Right now I'm looking for a job partially for money but also to beef up my resume. Hopefully I'll be entering law school in Fall 2011.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    Ricovelas saidIt's been suggested in other threads to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK and NETWORK....

    in these times you need all the contacts you can get.


    i just had a grad party yesterday and i've heard network a billion times. so i can't agree with you more. i'm in the same rut: just graduated and can't find a job. i might just go back to the school for the sake of keeping my life productive.
  • kietkat

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    Jul 12, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    Not quite the same situation as yourself OP since I managed to find a job fairly timely after graduation but my experiences during that time will hopefully add a little insight.

    After working for a few years in biotechnology as a lowly technician I decided to go back to school to earn my MS in chemistry (finishing this spring!!). The decision to go back was based some major factors: in my industry it is very hard to move up without the proper education, the money certainly barely kept me afloat after paying back student loans, and the most important reason is AMBITION. After being treated like some braindead drone for years, I decided enough was enough. A good graduate school will not only teach you valuable skills/information but will also have networking resources available. I am very thankful to have found such a great school with great professors which have inspired me to go even further to earn my Ph.D.

    I wish you all the best of luck in all your endeavors.... Shoot for the Stars!!
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:56 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys, although what I was asking you wasn't about employment... I was asking if you have your dream job right now, or are you currently going through a change for whatever you want to do in the future? Now that I graduated and actually have a life, I wanted to see how other people are aiming at it... Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? Just curious. icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    Graduated in May and am starting law school in August. I hope there's a job for me after I pass the bar.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    I agree with networking but at the same time, alot of people are starting to ignore that too because everybody is doing that now too. Even avenue is being tapped and people are overwhelmed.

    I do not want to persue agriculture anymore but am stuck doing it for financial reasons.FML.

    I am currently applying but they all want you to do a few years of unpaid internships. I did a semester. I cannot afford to not work and parents can't/won't help.

    I really wanna persue something more people oriented...sighs.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    After i graduated i job hunted for 6 months.....i even took a job that had nothing to do with my degree or demanded that i have a bachelors. I felt useless as i went to school to end up working in a job that underpaid me. My parents were super pissed and thought i was turning into a under achiever...so i quit and enrolled into a master program. Hopefully when im done ill find the job that i want. This economy sucks ass big time...so if you cant find a job my advice to you would be to start a masters program or do an internship or volunteer for 6 months...or take any job that will give you some money in your pocket.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    use your family, friends, ex's..... its who, not what, you know. or in some instances, who you blow.

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    Jul 12, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidAfter i graduated i job hunted for 6 months.....i even took a job that had nothing to do with my degree or demanded that i have a bachelors. I felt useless as i went to school to end up working in a job that underpaid me. My parents were super pissed and thought i was turning into a under achiever...so i quit and enrolled into a master program. Hopefully when im done ill find the job that i want. This economy sucks ass big time...so if you cant find a job my advice to you would be to start a masters program or do an internship or volunteer for 6 months...or take any job that will give you some money in your pocket.


    I am working a bullshit job fulltime and I got denied to several Masters programs.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    Before i graduated i started an externship at a hospital. I worked there for about two years. Once i graduated that role turned into my full time career as a Registered Nurse. Now i'm emailing grad schools in hopes of getting in somewhere next year with only a year of experience.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    Hey there, my sister is a top recruiter and has been for several years. She has worked for major corporations and fills positions pretty much weekly. I always ask for her input on where she finds her people. You want to know where she finds a lot of her candidates for interviews? CRAIGSLIST! I couldn't believe it. She said people post their resumes and that's where she looks (amongst other places of course). Underneath "gigs" is a place to post your resume. It's worth a shot!

    Best of luck to you!
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    I hear you, I'm a senior in college and I'll be graduating next summer. I'm working on a tangible skill... something that I will actually be able to perform at for certain companies (GIS -- Geographic Information Systems, working with digital mapping). I think that could be useful, because it really is something tangible that they'll see you are actually skilled at. That way at least they'll know they can throw me in the office with some ArcGIS software and know I can get shit done!
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    But for real, good luck. It must not be easy.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    I just graduated with my masters and despite being in Texas where there are more jobs than the rest of the US, most of the grad students in my school are going without summer work in our field let alone after summer. I was one of the few to find a summer internship...networking. The firms I have interned with do not have work during the fall so I am probably going to be out looking again too....and I came to a state with jobs and a program with prestige and extensive alumni network!

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    Jul 12, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    Graduated May 2009 and was lucky in having a friend with a room in Phoenix. When I was in town, I started looking at openings in my field and found plenty. I applied like crazy over the two weeks I was here. Flew home for a job interview that turned out rather disappointing. So, I moved here and 3 months after graduation I had a very positive interview. Had a drug screen and back round check. 2 weeks later I had an offer.
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    Network, Network, Network, and do more Networking.
  • calibro

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    Jul 12, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    as long as the economy is rough, i'm gonna say you're going to have a hard problem. whereas you used to be competing with people with bachelors and high school diplomas, you're now competing against people with masters and ph.ds.
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    Graduated in early June.

    I started job searching as soon as the new year hit, in a field where the business is seeing itself change and jobs are being cut like crazy, so of course I was nervous as hell about finding a job.

    The last bits of my Winter quarter were spent on the hunt, and I secured my dream job (albeit down some rungs of the ladder) in my field in March, and even had to decide between two offers.

    Stressful, yes, but I could enjoy the last part of my senior year knowing there was a secured position with my name on it.

    You have to be relentless and exhaust all of your networking possibilities and keep your head up. You have nothing to lose, and always keep in mind, "what's the worst that could happen? They'll say 'no'?"

    ps- It may not seem like it, but somewhere, someone is looking to fill a job.
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    I think internships/co-op programs are the best way to go. Even if your program doesn't offer them, nothing stops someone from taking off from School midway for 4-12 months to work at a company.

    My program didn't offer that, and I told my friends in my program to search something out in the summer to help prepare for the future. A few looked into it with me, but gave up, and I'm the only one who followed through. I found something and moved 400 km away from family and friends. After we graduated, all my friends went to grad school and I joined the company i did my intern with as a fulltime Project Manager.

    My friends finished grad school and are all looking for work, but many places want new grads with some work experience.

    Bottom line, try finding a temp job in your industry in between school semesters. It will help you look more appealing among other with the same degree.
  • Classyboy04

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    Jul 12, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    I graduated in 08 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts.After college,I worked as a culinary TA at a high school in the city. After that I worked in a culinary temp agency to gain more experience and now working as a pastry chef in Soldiers Field. If I could do it over again, i would have started out interning first to gain more experience in the field. Its true, you do need to have the right contacts and put yourself more out there.Above all, be patient and dont give up. It may be hard but you will find something.
  • crush09

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    Jul 12, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    decided to put off applying to medical school, might apply to medical laboratory school instead.... taking a year off for myself, a bit of soul searching, deciding if i really want to go medical school and so on for a very long long time.... currently just looking for a side job before i get into one of the schools.... planning on maybe traveling, on the other hand i've had more time to concentrate on working out lol.