As mid-terms have come to pass, those seniors expecting to graduate in May are starting to feel the pressure and anxiety of the realization that the real world is right around the corner. With the current state of the economy, seniors are coming to the harsh realization that it may be tough to find a job in the field of their degree after graduation.
Although economists say that the economy is “on the up,” many employers are still hesitant to hire new full-time employees with the risk of the economy destabilizing. It isn’t just the salary that may sway them away from new hires, but also the cost of health care and benefits for those same employees.
Graduating seniors have enough stress already with upper level classes and internships, without the added worry about where they can find a job soon after May graduation. This pressure and stress may feel like the weight of the world on your shoulders, but you need to remember a few things to make sure your senior year isn’t full of anxiety.
One key thing to remember is that you do not have control over the economy, or the employers of the American workforce. You are not personally responsible for the rise or fall of the economy, so you can not fill your head with the worry of not finding a job because employers are hesitant to hire.
Another tip to relieve your stress is to be as organized as possible. Most seniors are balancing school and work, so it is easy to become unorganized very quickly. Make sure you know when your assignments need to be done, so you set aside enough time to get your work done and get to your job.
Most importantly, remember to put aside some time to have fun, responsibly of course. This is your senior year of college and you need to make sure that you still go out and enjoy yourself with your friends. The best way to ensure you do not have a stress filled year is by letting yourself relax when you have the opportunity.
Although you do not have the power to decide whether or not the economy turns around, there are a few things that are necessary to prepare yourself to be in the best position to be hired for your dream job.
The first thing that you need to do is make sure you have done everything necessary to graduate. Every year many students are expecting to graduate in May, when they are told they have not done everything to fulfill their degree requirements. Make sure you speak to your advisor and ensure that you have taken all the necessary courses to get your degree.
Another key step in preparation is creating an up-to-date resume for all of your potential employers. You need to stand out from all the other applicants that may be applying for the same job as you, and there is no better way to do so than to show professionalism. A resume is something that only takes a few minutes to create, and it goes a long way when being considered for a job.
The next thing to remember is that while on the job search, network with as many people as you can. It doesn’t take much to go out of your way to introduce yourself to someone, but it can open doors for you that previously were unknown. Simply having a conversation with someone may lead to a job opportunity and recommendation down the road, or a mention of a position in passing.
Finally, apply for as many jobs related in your work field as possible. Although you may not land your dream job right away, you need to start somewhere. By applying to multiple jobs, you can help ensure that you find work somewhere. It may take a while to work your way up the ladder, but giving yourself the opportunity is the key. There is no shame in not being hired for a job, so don’t take anything too personally.
For those graduating seniors filled with stress and anxiety, follow these tips and before you know it you will be at graduation in May fully prepared for the next step in your life. As long as you remember to find a balance between preparation and fun in your free time, you will have a great senior year.
Mark Gionta is a student at West Chester University. He can be reached at MG649676@wcupa.edu.