The Next Step After College: Finding a Job


By Jessica Daniel

So you are about to graduate college soon or you may have already graduated.

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The next step is looking for that job or career in your field of study. Now that can be a very long and frustrating process as you search and apply for numerous job applications online, hoping that you will land that big interview that will lead you to being hired.

Unfortunately, many college grads are finding it extremely difficult to land their major-related careers. Many end up working in jobs that have nothing to do with their majors, so they can earn a living some how, even though, often, the jobs they work at do not always pay enough. According to a 2013 report from Georgetown University Center of Education in the Workforce, there is a drastically low amount of college grads who are employed full time:

“Over the past 30 years, the age at which young workers reach financial independence, the median wage, has increased from age 26 to age 30; for young African Americans, the age has increased to 33. At the same time, older Americans are working longer. But older workers aren’t crowding out younger workers. It is the increasing need for skill development after high school that has delayed young adults’ careers.”

The majority of college graduates across the nation are feeling the struggle of being accepted for full-time job positions that allow them to be financially stable. Many work in restaurants, fast food places, or in department stores even after obtaining their bachelor’s or master’s degree until they are able to find a full-time job position in their field.

Searching for that job or career after graduating college can be a very stressful and overwhelming process, however if you stay persistent and do not give up, you will eventually land that job position you always wanted. No, it will not be easy searching and waiting for when you do get hired, but as long as you keep a positive attitude and make connections with people in your desired career, you never know when those connections could lead to something greater for you in the long run.

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