To all college graduates

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    Apr 17, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Do any of you have a job waiting after graduation? I have been posting my resume everywhere but I have no prospects right now and I'm graduating next month. I'm attending this Tech/IT/Engineering job fair at Northern VA this Thursday, hopefully I'll get some luck there since most of the biggest tech firms will be there. Did anyone have a hard time finding a job after college? The way I see it, its pretty much 50/50. Some people took a while to get jobs but I know quite alot that had a job waiting for them after college. I really dont care when people talk about how bad the economy is affecting the job market because the job market is rising and I happen to live in the number one richest county in the nation. It definitely depends what you're getting your degree in but sometimes people graduating with a demanding degree still have a hard time landing a job. I'm graduating with a degree in Economics and I already have an A.S degree in Information Technology so I hope I'll get some leads this Thursday.
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    Apr 17, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Not yet, but i still have two semesters to go before graduating so i haven't looked much. Despite what some teachers and parents say, having a degree doesn't guarentee you a job. I know too many engineering graduates who couldn't find work after finishing uni and now have jobs in completely unrelated industries. But i don't think you'll have the same problem - you're young, male, and have a double degree: the odds are in your favour!
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    Apr 17, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    Dumped out the other side of a Biochem degree. I was going for premed but fell one class short and can't afford the tuition in retrospect. I've been sitting in interviews and they keep asking why from med to here? I have yet to come up with an acceptable answer icon_confused.gif
  • MusicMan87

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    Apr 17, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    I'm from Northern VA (Fairfax Station) and all of my friends have found jobs, in the city even! One took almost a year to find hers, but the jobs are out there, they're just testing you to see how dedicated you are icon_smile.gif I took the grad school approach and delayed the job search... but hopefully in a few months i'll be employed myself! Companies are looking for young, motivated, eager employees. Be excited and show interest no matter how grim the job search gets! Especially in NoVA you should have no problem icon_smile.gif Plus being cute helps, the gays run NoVA, lets be real.
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    If I can get two of my classes this summer semester then I will be finishing up in the fall and I have already been working on finding a job. A lot of it has to do with timing but then again a portion of it has to do with getting your name out there. Become as active as you can (even the smallest things to put on your resume help). I actually am working on an internship right now and I still apply for jobs in Managing Information Systems and Networking just for the interview experience.

    But yea, I guess I got on the ball when one of my partners for most of my presentations and projects over the last 2 semesters told me she was doing it and as of last week she snagged a really nice job even though she has a year before she graduates.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    I did, but not in the subject I majored in really... o well, but then I went to college in the Netherlands, and applied in France, in 2005.... it wasnt a great job, I taught English as a second language

    (I majored in Psych with English as a concentration from a Dutch uni, and I did an extra certificate in ESL teaching... dont know if its relevant to your question, but I found its not too hard to find a job teaching that in non-English speaking countries, you can even do it without a bachelor degree, its pretty regular work, the pay just isnt so great anywhere, but its a definite option at all times anywhere in the world if you're a native English speaker)
  • KissTheSky

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    As someone who's been out in the work world for many years, and sometimes involved with hiring people, my one piece of advice for any college student is to get an internship in your field during school or even after you graduate. Get two if you can. Work for free if you have to. I think it's the single biggest thing you can do toward getting a job after graduation. It's way more important than grades or extracurricular stuff... honestly, I've never had an employer ask me once about my g.p.a., which seems like a huge deal when you're in school. icon_smile.gif
  • jkwbb004

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    Im in school still, have one year left. I already have several job offers though. I am a elementray education minor, and even though there is a job freeze in Charlotte, I have been getting offers left and right to come teach at various schools. I guess it pays to be a male teacher icon_smile.gif

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    I found it outrageously difficult, and I'm still looking. My advice.... don't focus on the economics aspect of your education - you won't find a job with that. Market the IT degree - that's your best shot.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    I've been out of college for a long time. But from my experiences so far, look at applying at tech start-ups. It does have it's negatives. But you learn new stuff, wear many hats, and gain a lot of good experience. Stuff that will help you get the next job.

    But with an Economics degree, you shouldn't have any problems finding a job in finance or with the government. Especially, in the NoVa and DC area.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    I managed to find a job immediately. I was already set to go before I even Walked.

    School hosted an informal interview with IBM. I had a fine arts major with a comp sci minor, so most of the major firms I'd interviewed with before at a fair looked down on that. IBM though snagged me right up and were quite intrigued with my mix. Almost a full year later and here I am still happily working my first real job icon_smile.gif Hope to stick with the company for many years
  • kietkat

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    Apr 18, 2011 2:16 AM GMT
    When I got my bs in biochem, I was fortunate to have come across a few science temp agencies whom helped to hook me.up with a couple gigs and a temp-to-hire position. When I was with them I could always count on having a job lined up. This was in San Diego (aka biotech central).
  • rndale

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    Apr 18, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    I got a job offer 1 semester prior to graduation from FIDM (AA in Apparel Manufacturing Management) as an Assistant Buyer at one of the largest retail chains in the US. They wanted me to start immediately, so I would have had to quit school; so I didn't take it, and no other offers came; and because I live on the OC/LA/SB county border in CA it made it impossible to find work in my kind of apparel.

    So this fall I start on my Bachelors Degree in International Business and Logistics, minor in Law this will allow me to work in more industries.
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Interesting posts, most of them are positive icon_biggrin.gif
    I have so much connection but I havent had the time to utilize them all. My biggest one is a family friend who works for Booz Allen and my sister's previous job before law school was at a big law firm in the best location in Arlington. They really loved her and she could've had so many opportunities for different positions but she went to law school so they were happy but really sad she had to go. If she refers me to them, the boss might definitely hire me since hes been so attached to her professionally (not sexually lol)