Current college students can learn a very valuable lesson from the students who recently graduated. Many of those recent grads are ready to embark on a new journey… to their parents’ basement.
Unfortunately, this scenario is a reality for too many recent college graduates. Whether they spent too much time studying in the library or didn’t take advantage of their university’s career services, college graduates often struggle with their initial job search.
Although this post presents a harsh reality, here are straight-forward (and preventable) reasons why many college graduates face unemployment after graduation. Learn from these lessons now while you’re in school. So you face a better reality when you graduate:
1. You Don’t Have Internship Experience
Completing internships can be the most important thing you can do to guarantee success after college. Internships provide valuable hands-on experience that make college graduates marketable to hiring companies. Employers expect college graduates to have gained experience in addition to their diploma. If you don’t go above and beyond while attending college, you will have a more difficult time finding employment.
2. You Earned a Liberal Arts Degree
If you heard about the college graduates who ended up working at Starbucks instead of starting their career, it’s mostly likely because they earned a degree that has little or no growth in the job market. Today, there are too many college graduates who earned degrees in areas such English, sociology, or history, where jobs simply aren’t in demand.
3. Your High GPA Doesn’t Mean You Deserve a Job
Sorry, but employers don’t care if you pulled countless all-nighters in order to graduate with a 4.0. Unless you are trying to get accepted into graduate school, your grades aren’t a top priority when employers are looking to hire. Employers want to hire people who gained valuable experience while in college. It’s also important to remember that employers pay attention to skills, personality, and passion — not how many consecutive years you made the dean’s list.
4. You Didn’t Learn a Hard Skill
College graduates who went to school to learn a skill like accountancy or engineering can usually find a job in their field without having much experience. Their education was able to provide them with the hard skills needed to be successful in that field. Although experience is very important when applying for jobs, college graduates who earned a degree that provides a hard skill will have much better luck landing a job.
5. You Didn’t Seek Career Advice
Colleges and universities offer endless resources for students to make the most of their job search. Many provide career counseling and classes that help students learn how to be successful in their search. However, when students don’t take advantage of these tools, they miss out on important career advice. They don’t realize a poorly written resume or bad interview etiquette can cost their chance at a job.
Keep in mind: just because you earned a college degree doesn’t mean you’ll automatically land a job after college. The job search is a process that begins at the start of your college career. It’s important to remember to choose a degree that is in-demand, gain experience outside of the classroom, and learn valuable skills.
What do you think college students can be doing in order to successfully land a job after college?
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About the Author: Olivia Adams is a Content Creator Trainee at Come Recommended. She is a junior at Ferris State University studying public relations and Spanish. Olivia is a member of Ferris State PRSSA and has gained experience in public relations, social media, and writing through her multiple internships and writing focused jobs. Follow Olivia on Twitter!
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