Educate yourself on starting a career
I’ve found a great article discussing the realities of job hunting that young adults might not know about until after they’ve graduated and have already entered the job market:
5 Job-Seeking Truths Parents can Share with their New College Grad (careerbright.com)
The whole article contains great advice that, as a recent graduate myself, I have found to be pertinent to how the job market works. But what really leaped out at me was the following quote:
Many of today’s new college graduates have never set foot in their school’s career guidance office or held an internship, nor do they know how to find employment.
As crazy as it sounds, I know that it’s entirely possible to not know how to find work after you graduate. Where I went to school, you could go through all four years and never step foot in the career center. Going there was never enforced, and it was rarely (if ever) encouraged.
But going to the career center and researching job search techniques made a huge difference. When I started college, I had no idea what a “cover letter” was, and I had never even heard of “networking.” And I didn’t know what to put on my résumés or how to format them.
I’d encourage college students not to wait until after they’ve graduated to find out what it takes to start a career. Make the most of your career center, even if your school doesn’t openly encourage it, because you can never be too prepared when it comes to finding a job.
Your career preparation will give you a competitive edge when you graduate and find yourself competing with older, more experienced candidates. And in this economy, with so many recent graduates struggling to find work, you really need every advantage you can get.