Still looking for that first post graduate job?
Or maybe that is hard question to hear right now. Maybe even a tougher question: “So, what were your plans for after graduation?”
Graduating from college is scary, and when you have everyone asking about your plans, from your grandmother to your favorite barista, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
But don’t worry. If you didn’t have a job lined up for your first Monday after graduation, it’s okay!
Here are 18 things to do if you haven’t yet landed a post graduate job:
1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Before you read any further, you need to stop worrying about what everyone and their dog are doing. Comparison will hurt your happiness. Don’t worry about your friend who just landed an amazing fashion PR job in NYC or your other friend who is traveling the world for a year. What you need to remember is that everyone reaches success at their own rate. Some people land super cool dream jobs after college, while others take an entire year before they get noticed by an employer. When you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and you focus on your journey, you’ll stress less about your future.
2. Find a Part-Time Job Related to Your Field
Just because you haven’t had success finding a full-time, post graduate job in your field doesn’t mean you can’t find a part-time job. There are plenty of employers who are seeking part-time or temporary workers who have a specific skill set. And who knows? These employers might hire you on full time if you impress them with your work.
3. Volunteer Your Skills
No one wants to work for free, but this can be a great way to build your resume while making a difference in the world. Surprisingly, volunteering is a great way to network your way into an organization you’re passionate about. For example, let’s say you have a degree in public relations. Reach out to nonprofits in your area, and see if they can use some help managing their social media accounts. This is a great way to gain experience, make new contacts and build a reputation for yourself as a young professional.
4. Change Your Perspective
At the end of the day, it’s not about how much money you’re making or your job title. It’s about whether you’re doing what you love and if you can provide for your basic needs. Once you slow down, you’ll stop worrying about where you think you “should be.”
5. Start a Blog
Blogging is a great way to build credibility for yourself. Especially if you have a degree in a creative field like public relations, graphic design, fashion, music, or business, blogging allows you to demonstrate your skills, passions, and knowledge. Plus, you can include your blog in your resume and portfolio.
6. Do Something You’ve Always Wanted to Do
Has it been your dream to become a yogi? Do you want to learn how to grow a garden? Use this downtime to focus on a passion you never had time to pursue in college.
7. Set Up Informational Interviews
One of the best ways to grow your career after college is to meet with people who’ve been in your shoes. Use social media to find professionals who are living the career you want, connect with them and request to set up a phone meeting or Skype call.
8. Find a Mentor
Every college graduate needs a mentor. This individual can offer insight that a friends and your parents can’t provide. Connect with someone in your field who can be your cheerleader and connect you with employment opportunities.
9. Launch a Business
Do you have a burning desire to be an entrepreneur? Are you ready to do something creative and share it with the world? Why not turn this energy into an opportunity to launch a business? Who knows; you might be able to to transform your Etsy shop into a multi-million dollar startup.
10. Work Abroad
Many college graduates are often struck with a case of wanderlust after being in school for four years. If you don’t have the money to travel Europe for three months, why not become an au pair? You could also volunteer or teach English in a foreign country.
11. Be Patient
At this very moment, you need to stop worrying about your five-year plan. The truth is, your post graduate job search may take you a week, two months or even a year. Although it’s hard to be patient at this time in your life, trust that the right opportunities will come your way.
12. Create a Routine
The most important thing you can do during your post graduate job search is to keep busy. Don’t allow yourself to binge on 15 episodes of Girls and eat an entire box of Oreos. Instead, create a schedule that requires you to stay active, meet up with friends, research job opportunities and develop your skills. This way, you won’t go stir crazy as you hang out at mom and dad’s house all summer.
13. Get Involved With a Professional Organization
As soon as you graduate, get involved with a professional organization that can grow your network. Whether it’s something related to your field or a young professionals’ group, this is a great opportunity to make a name for yourself in your community and meet new peeps!
14. Use Social Media to Your Advantage
Social media is a powerful way to network and discover post graduate job opportunities. Use platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to network with professionals, recruiters and employers in your field. You never know, you might get a job offer through an Instagram photo or a direct message on Twitter.
15. Broaden Your Post Graduate Job Search
The biggest mistake new graduates make is only using job boards during their search. The world is filled with so many opportunities beyond Indeed or Monster. Use Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, alumni, family and friends to help you find opportunities.
16. Be Persistent
Never, ever give up on your job search! Whenever you submit a job application, follow up within a week of applying. It’s also important to follow up after every job interview. Your persistence will pay off.
17. Know Your Limitations
The reality is, it will be challenging to find your dream job right after college. Don’t create expectations so high for yourself that you can’t reach them in a reasonable amount of time. Remember that you are young and still have a very long career ahead of you.
18. Don’t Panic!
Finally, don’t freak out. Just breathe and remind yourself you’ve just accomplished something that many people don’t have the opportunity to do — graduate from college. You will find a job. There is an employer waiting to hire you.
Just remember, trust the journey and take advantage of any opportunity to grow your career. A post graduate job will come your way.
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