How Long Did It Take You to Find a Job After College?

posted 1 year ago in Career
  • poll: How long did it take to find a degree-related job after college?
    0-6 months : (47 votes)
    67 %
    6-12 months : (6 votes)
    9 %
    1 year-2 years : (5 votes)
    7 %
    Over 2 years : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Other : (8 votes)
    11 %
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    @smendoza912:  I live in Canada… finished the degree almost 5 years ago now. I was working at a furniture/appliance store throughout university, and got a job at their head office right away (like literally the week after I got the degree). I hated it, but it gave me some much needed office experience. 3 months after that I got the job that I am in today (more related to degree, more money etc.). I got my job by networking and being a bit lucky. I knew a lady – I made a big effort to network w. her (in my last year of uni) and then I asked her if she had any openings and lo and behold there was one… came in for an interview, and then got it. The job has evolved over the past few years but I am in the same office.

    988 posts
    Busy bee

    I am very fortunate to have accepted a job offer before graduation.

    627 posts
    Busy bee

    I had a degree in Child and Family Studies/Sociology. I looked forever for a job in non-profit. Never did work out but I got something similar-took two years though. In the mean time I worked retail jobs to make ends meet. I was also in the NJ/NJ area and it was right before/around when everything collapsed. Things seem to be much better now for a lot of fields. Good luck!


    Sidenote: I was actively looking. I can’t even count the number (hundreds) of resumes/cover letters that i sent. 

    1686 posts
    Bumble bee

    I took a job with the company I’d interned for and started the week after graduation.

    13170 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I started searching at the beginning of my final semester of classes.  I got my offer on the day before graduation.  So I spent about 4 months searching and applied for over 100 positions to get my job.

    1468 posts
    Bumble bee

    I started looking for a job before I graduated but didn’t find one until 10 months after graduation and I looked every single day until I got that offer.  I graduated from college in 1991 and the first job I got was crappy, not at all what I wanted, and the pay was horrific but it was a job!  :)

    15 posts

    Thanks for posting this! I’m graduating this December and I just started applying for job and am super nervous about getting employed! I feel a lot better seeing that the majority of bees that took the poll got a job within 6 months!

    2042 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I answered your poll wrong… In December I will have graduated 2 years ago.  I still don’t have a job in my current field.  I started searching at the beginning of my final semester and stopped searching when I got an offer… But it’s not in my field of study (accounting/business admin).  

    40 posts

    i had a job prior to graduation. I didnt start until about 3 weeks after graduation because I needed to move back home and get settled. 

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