How to be a college graduate

By: Andrew Lovgren

There’s something to be said about having a college degree. Freedom from papers tests, papers and teacher’s dirty looks. Despite all the complaints about workload and homework, it means that a real era of responsibility has begun.

For all of the twenty-somethings who are entering June without plans for the fall for the first time, here are some tips from someone who has been out of dorm-life since graduating in December.

                                                             Be Patient

College students, especially those at a liberal arts institution, are taught that a degree is the best way to find work. With that in mind, it is no small leap to think that graduating ensures a job soon after. The more immediate results are expected, the more disappointing it is when the phone remain silent and the inbox empty. Sure, the job market is getting better. But for those with a degree entering the market, it’s as competitive as it ever was.

Just keep in mind how many other people just graduated, as well. Limit that to those with the same major, and divide by 700 and you get just how many people you’re competing with for any given position.

With so many family members, friends and complete strangers asking you how the job hunt is going, it’s difficult to keep this one in mind.

Which leads to the next point.

Embrace clichés

“You’ll find something soon.”

“Just wait for God’s will to show itself.”

“There are plenty of opportunities out there for you.”

If they gave out nickels each time they said these phrases, recent grads wouldn’t need jobs. From parents to waitresses, the question “how’s the job hunt going” will start off nearly every conversation.

Just like during school when people would ask how classes were going, this is what is going on. Consider it being fired from being a student and hired on as a professional job hunter. It’s only natural that people are going to be curious how things are going.

As much as that will be frustrating, and I promise that it will be, use the clichés as armor so that each conversation doesn’t feel like work in and of itself.

Find something

It could be a while before that full-time job comes along. A part-time job or internship wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, and could help beef up that resume, but in the mean time it’s important to find something.

This doesn’t mean work, but find something that you can pour into. The shift from a busy college student to a grad yields a lot of free time that, if left alone can fester into complete boredom and brain decay.

Maybe it’s time to finally read for fun. Begin a blog. Volunteer. Doesn’t matter what it is, but it’s important to find something other than job hunting and Netflix instant.

At this young, transitional part of life, it’s important not to let the drag of the job hunt ruin an exciting, adventurous time.

Jobless doesn’t mean hopeless.


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