Post # 1
It’s only January, and I’ve got three full months until I graduate, but I’m already stressing out about finding a job. I’ve been scouring the internet for open positions, but it seems like there’s just nothing in the locations I want to go.
If I can’t find anything soon I’m considering doing some cold calls and trying to hand in some resumes or something. It’s so weird because the past 5 years of school have been perfectly planned and now I feel like I’m just free-falling.
Is anyone else feeling this panic? I know I should be focused on school, but it’s hard when this is eating away at the back of my mind.
Post # 3
I’m graduating from grad school in May; I already work full-time, but can totally empathize with your situation!
When I graduated from undergrad, I didn’t have a job. I spent a couple months looking for jobs, and I had a few interviews. At the time I only had about an hour’s worth of internet time per day at the local library to job hunt. I ended up getting an interview in July and started my career in September, so I really didn’t have all that much time to wait at all!
I know that it feels stressful to you now, but try to enjoy your last few months in college. There will be a time when you will want to go back to what you have now!
Post # 4
@misskittenn: I’m not graduating until December but omg I can completely relate! I changed my major to accounting from human resources because I enjoy accounting more but also thought it would be an easier field to break into. Now I’m just looking for an INTERNSHIP & I feel deflated! How can it be so hard to get someone to let you work for free??
I hope we both look back at the stress & realize how much we were over worrying ourselves!
Post # 5
Yes! I am so nervous! I graduate in May and all I want is a job with benefits! Something I’ve never had, lol!
Post # 6
I hear you! I graduate in December, and I’m moving across the pond in the new year! I’m totally freaking out that no one will want to hire a poor little foreigner like me.
Post # 7
I know FI took (in his words) “f-off classes, so I could skip as many as I needed to so I could interview. I went on, like, a MILLION interviews”
He did get his first-choice job! But I think he graduated with three offers. He had a 3.85 GPA and graduated with a business/psychology double major.
He interviewed for jobs state-wide, and two in entry-level work where he could see career growth (data entry and something with car rentals). He took his dream job, which was entering into an Emergent Leader program (fast track into upper-management) with a major insurance company.
He still works there (5 years last July), and makes a VERY nice salary.
So, that’s his advice.
Post # 8
I am graduating from grad school with an MFA… I need to find something I like to pay for an art studio so I can continue to make work and apply to shows and all that artist stuff and pay off student loans and a car loan… unfortunately there are no well paying jobs for artists and all my skills (faux finishing, murals, painting.. and making art) are more useful if I have my own business, but I am stuck in this location for another 2 years and by the time I build up a name for myself here I would be moving after FH finished his program. In Chicago it took me 3 years to start getting a good word of mouth thing going. Being an artist is constant freefall. So yes, I totally understand the anxiety! I am so greatful my grad program came with a teaching job and was 100% paid tuition though. Now I am being kicked out of my comfy community…
Post # 9
I swear I picked the wrong time to graduate from school during the worst recession this country has had. I graduated at the end of september and I am still looking. I think persistance will be worth it and I will find something sooner then later even if it is something I am not absolutely wanting to do.
Post # 10
@jessiebean: I’m getting my BFA! I can definitely say that the best thing you can do is market yourself. Not that I’m in a position to say anything because I don’t have a job yet, but a business card and a website with your work can really help.
I’m just ready to get a job, you guys, for real. The worst part is that everyone around me out of school says,’enjoy college, it’s the best time of your life, it only gets harder’, and I’m like, good lord if it gets harder than working 18 hours a day then I am so screwed.
Post # 11
@misskittenn: Oh believe me, I market myself!!! I haven’t done it much in grad school because I have been so busy but before I got here I made more money on my art than my part time job (which is where I foud my clients). My new website is being made now and I just ordered websites from MOO.com
I know if I treat my art career as a full time job I will eventually be able to make a living off of it, but how does one do that if in the meantime they have definite bills they need to pay!? I am just going to have to work extra hard and have two jobs. It is just the unknowns that put doubt into me sometimes.
I have an exhibit of 4 5′ x 6′ paintings in Feb in downtown Chicago, and my big thesis show in March. I have literally hundreds of new paintings (from the last 9 months) to sell. I have been really working hard and trying to get the most out of grad school because i knew I wouldn’t have to space to do it afterwards for a long time. (My studio is huge right now)
Are you going to apply to go to grad school? What kind of work do you do?
Post # 12
I graduate in May from grad school and I need to find a job no later than July so my FI knows where to accept a job (hes a teacher so he has to transfer by July). Its so stressful!
Post # 13
Totally feeling the panic! I’ll be graduating from a dental hygiene program in May and there aren’t any jobs! Some of my classmates will be relocating to the mainland. I may have to relocate to another island!
I also have written and clinical board exams to pass before I can get my license and I’ve heard the paperwork can take a month or so, so I may not be able to work as a hygienist for a couple months.
I’m pretty stressed! Plus I have some nice big loans waiting to be paid back. 🙁
Post # 14
I’m super stressed about finding a job as well. I transferred from physics into computer science thinking it would be easier to find work. The tech industry in my town is supposedly booming, but I don’t know… So many friends who graduated before me are working at gas stations or “fixing” computers at Best Buy still.
Post # 15
ME ME MEEEEEE! I am SO stressed about this, especially since I have a TON to do this semester.
Post # 16
I applied to get into an after degree education program for the fall, but I was just looking for science-y jobs for the summer and it is a BARREN WASTELAND OUT THERE. I have a friend who defended his master’s thesis last month and is desperately trying to find a research/lab position, but it’s like these things don’t exist (/are never ever ever open because there are very few jobs and our government has decided to hate really hard on science/the environment/mother nature).