Finding a job right out of college is stressful. It becomes even more of an issue when the economy is still recovering over the worst decline since the Great Depression. Spring semester is already starting to fly by. The Super Bowl is over, exams are beginning and the amount of job searches has increased. With little time to spare, how can any senior not have a case of the butterflies?
Diplomas may soon be in the hands of seniors, but that does not guarantee a job in this market anymore. So what does a senior do if they cannot find a job immediately after college?
It may be cliche and not the most exciting alternative, but waiting tables is always a good start. No matter the job, having cash in your hand and a job is respectful. It is a great way for recent graduates to get started while they continue to search for their ideal job.
Besides being a server, graduates have other options such as volunteering. Volunteering may not bring home the bacon, but it can definitely add another beneficial line to a resume. In fact, most medical school applicants take a year off to volunteer in order to make resources and become a better candidate. Whether one likes it or not, making resources is key in finding a job.
Donating time and effort toward a non-profit organization can be a great way to get a letter of recommendation and improve one’s skills. Whether one moves back home or not, it is all about getting proactive. Instead of complaining about the economy and not having a job, get up and do something.
Besides letters of recommendation, global experiences can make you stand out. Currently there is a travel program for recent graduates called “Essential Europe.”
“This is a unique opportunity hosted by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association that brings students together from all around the university for an unforgettable voyage,” said Gavin McDuff, senior and co-host of the trip. The students will travel through 11 countries in 25 days.
This trip offers students the chance to continue their education and to experience the world.
“Before having to settle into a new job or graduate school, we want students to celebrate their college success by joining the Virginia Tech Alumni Association for the 11th year of this European summer tour,” McDuff said. Students interested in this opportunity can contact either of the two hosts for the Summer 2011 trip, Gavin McDuff at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rachel Uhrig at email@example.com.
Students looking for a short-term job opportunity and chance to give back to Tech can apply to work with the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The position requires campus recruiting and runs from late July to mid-November.
As an admission adviser, you’ll get paid to talk about Tech and travel to various high schools and college fairs within the East Coast. This job opportunity offers recent graduates the chance to further their communication skills and prepare themselves for future careers. Those interested can learn more at www.admiss.vt.edu/admiss_advisors.
When all else fails, graduate school is a great alternative. While going to college was once an honor, it has now become a prerequisite and expectation for most jobs. That being said, earning a graduate degree is another way to stand out among the crowd. There is always more to learn. If you have the funds then why not learn even more about a field that you are passionate about?
Finding a job is all about marketing yourself. One needs to be enthusiastic, active and willing to start at the bottom. Finding a job right out of college does not work for everyone, so do not give in. Visit Career Services and get creative. Nothing in life comes easy.