It’s been 30 days since graduation. What are you doing to put that degree to work? I’ll clue you in on the secret recipe I’ve taught my students. As an adjunct professor at University at Buffalo, I have the opportunity to apply my recruiting knowledge to higher-level education. The class I teach focuses on interviewing techniques, and while the majority of my students take my class as another credit fulfillment, they walk away with a sense of purpose and a real plan. They’re more informed about the reality of our job market, ready to embark on their professional journey, and empowered to succeed. Today, it’s not enough to practice the top 50 most commonly asked interview questions to land your first job. A successful job search calls for a strategic long-term plan with realistic timelines, manageable steps, and clear outcomes.
These two young professionals are fresh out of school and began their careers not too long ago. Can you guess which job search method they chose?
She graduated with a degree in human resources and followed pathway 2, accepting a part-time role with an industry leader as an HR Coordinator in training and development. Fast-forward: she is now working full-time and has been promoted to HR Generalist and making twice as much as she did when she started.
He graduated with a degree in biology with the plan to secure a research assistant role in the medical community. Because he was guaranteed 40 hours and a decent bonus, Trevor accepted a summer job unrelated to his career goals. He made some fast cash, but is having more difficulty finding a long-term role in his field. Due to summer layoffs, he is now out of a job and back to square one.
Consider unpaid internships, volunteering, part-time gigs or contract work. It’s always better to be doing something that coincides with your background and career goals rather than accept a full-time position that doesn’t make sense. It’ll hurt you in the long run and take you further away from your ultimate career destination.
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