After being back on campus for two weeks, I am readjusting to college life. I am excited to be back on campus so I can meet those students and faculty who have just joined the Dean community within the past semester. One of the faculty members I had the pleasure to meet with this week was Rich Davino, our new Director of Career Services and Internships….but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Being a senior in college is one of the most exciting and terrifying experiences thus far. I am prepared and excited to walk across the stage in May and receive my diploma for all the hard work I have done throughout the years. Then it will be summertime…yippee! Fun in the sun, or rather in my case (hopefully) a full time, post-graduation job.
This is the part where our past 20 years of experience have taught us that this summer job is temporary and we will only have to stick it out until school starts back up in September. But wait…graduating from college with no immediate plans to go to graduate school…therefore the break down of semesters no longer dictates our lives. This poses the uneasy (and often frantically-asked) question of “but what will happen in September?!”
This very question brought me to Rich Davino’s office to seek career advice. After mulling over the multitude of possibilities for what I want my career path to entail, he simply said “well then why don’t you pick one and try it.”
Many seniors let the pressure of graduation take over by thinking their first post-graduation step will forever define their career path. False. We have the rest of our lives to discover what we feel passionate about; we can then learn how to apply our skills to these new experiences. The moral of the story is to take a deep breath…we can stress about what happens in September once it gets here.
Here are some addition ideas to get the ball rolling:
1. Get on LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great social media tool that allows you to network with professionals in your field. It is a great way to reinforce connections you may have already made as well as build new connections for the future.
2. Take advantage of websites such as Indeed and SimplyHired: These websites are essentially the “Google” for job postings from various websites (Monster, HigherEd Jobs, etc.) that are currently available. Rather than skimming through multiple different websites, use these “one stop shop” websites to save time.
3. Find the trend: When looking through jobs you are interested in (or even the college programs you are interested in) try to find a common trend throughout all of them. By finding the reasons behind WHY that job or program appeals to you, you can begin to have a better understanding of where you will best fit in the career or academic world.
Regardless of prior experience, applying to jobs, colleges and internships can seem overwhelming for anyone. Take advantage of all the resources around you (online, on campus, at your local library, etc.) and simply learn about what you are interested in. From there you just need to simply “pick one and give it a try.”
Best of luck!