By Jeline Abutin
As students inch their way closer to graduation, the reality of finding a full-time, adult paying job hits soon-to-be graduates with a fist full of stress, anxiety and fear.
The newly graduated job hunt is never easy, but the process can be enjoyable if applicants alter their perspectives, look on the positive side, keep applying and have confidence in their newly graduated capabilities.
Not having a job lined up after graduation can have new graduates doubting their skills and feeling completely discouraged, but all of these pre and post-graduation feelings can be overcome.
Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment in itself that deserves the utmost celebration, happiness and, of course, partying.
However, once months turn into weeks, which then turn into days before graduation, it is completely normal for thoughts to wander toward the common lines of, “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life.”
New graduates are often faced with the difficulties of finding full-time jobs, starting career paths, knowing what they want to do with their lives and, worst of all, figuring out how to pay back their dreaded student loans.
Students impose high expectations on themselves to find their ideal career paths right after college. That includes finding the job with the right pay, company, location and outstanding benefits.
Setting high expectations and goals for ourselves is not a bad thing by any means, but the emotional feelings of not meeting those standards, to some, can be difficult, tiring and may make us want to just give up.
In these times of emotional distress, a change in perspective is much needed. New graduates may or may not land that perfect job right away, but it does not mean that we will never be the next CEO, editor-in-chief or director.
People just need a starting point. No matter how small, medium or large the opportunity, it has the potential to lead to a dream job.
Instead of dwelling on the positions we may have not gotten a second interview for, take the most out of what you accomplished. However, wherever you start and whatever jobs you take along the way, do not ever lose sight of those high expectations and goals you set for yourself. The last thing you want to do is stay stagnant and complacent.
After applying for a number of jobs, sometimes people just will not receive any callbacks. This can leave them feeling completely immersed in all emotions except happiness.
The last thing they want to believe in is the magic of positive thinking. Being positive is the hardest thing when negative outcomes are the only thing surrounding students’ post-graduation job hunt.
These feelings should be combated with a personal cheer team: family, friends or significant others. As hard as it is, staying positive and thinking positive will be the fuel that keeps new graduates from lying face down in their beds with a white flag of defeat.
Even if a new graduate does not hear back, he or she should keep applying. Integrate searching and applying for new jobs into the daily routine.
Instead of scrolling through Instagram, scroll through Indeed, Monster or other job search engines. Treat the post-college job hunt as a leisurely ” but serious ” activity that can be enjoyed rather than seen as a complete chore.
When all else fails and the newly graduated job hunt has pushed you towards your breaking point, remember to be confident in your skills and capabilities that you have acquired throughout the four years ” more or less ” spent in college.
We’ve shed blood, sweat and tears, in addition to spending time and thousands of dollars, into our college education.
If we can make it through years of coursework, countless exams, all-nighters and everything in between, we can definitely persevere and overcome the trials of job searching.
Let the job hunting games begin. May the odds of finding your perfect job be ever in your favor.
Sungah Choi / The Poly Post
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