Post # 1
This is kind of an odd question. But I will be the first to admit I have never worked an office job, only waitressing jobs. I have volunteered frequently in an office setting, but thats it.
I really want to get a full time office job after I graduate next semester, because I’m so tired of being broke. It really sucks. But how do I do that? I know the economy is awful…who is going to hire someone with no experience and just a degree?
I am starting a masters program next fall, but I still want to work full time. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology, and I’m going into Behavior Analysis for grad school. But I don’t want to wait 3 years to get a “real job!” Any suggestions? How did you get a job out of college?
Post # 3
@Ms.Pink: I went to all the career fairs hosted by my university. I’d talk with people at the booths there and if I was interested in any I’d take a card.
Some had interview sign ups or a resume drop box so I’d do that as well.
I got my first job out of college through one of those career fair resume drops.
Post # 4
I had some experience in Student Affairs in undergrad, so I applied to jobs at a university. They have well paid jobs (at least for right out of college!), usually a semi-laid back atmosphere, and BENEFITS! Look at a local university’s employment opportunities site. I actually worked at the university where I’m a grad student at now! It actually really helped for me to get to know the campus before I ever attended. Give it a shot!
Post # 5
I agree with others if your college has a “career services” department use them, they will help you with your resume they may even have some jobs to pass along. If that doesn’t work try and find or work with a recruiter. SO has had some luck with recruiters (companies like Robert Half, Kforce, etc.) Many employers use these people to help recruit talent for them. Good luck!
Post # 6
And I also reccomend looking at the jobs avaialble at the Grad School you want to go to. Most of them will pay for it or give a good disocount if you work full time and agree to a few things 😉
Post # 7
Agree with college career fairs. Also, check out networking events in your city (do some Google searching). Don’t be hesitant to look for internships. I had three internships before getting hired at my first full-time job (the last of the three was with my current company – intern for 2.5 months then offered a full time position).
Post # 8
Networking + interning! One of my 9 internships led me to another one of them, which has turned in to an offer for a full time position after I graduate.
Post # 9
I only searched online starting in January before my May graduation. I looked on WashingtonPost.com (my area’s newspaper), Craigslist, and all the job sites you can think of – Career Builder, Monster, etc.
I applied to anything and everything that I was somewhat qualified for and sounded at least a little interesting to me. I ended up getting a phone interview for a job I had applied to, then was asked to come in for an in person interview. I had a BA in Psychology with no real work experience. I had worked since I was 15, but it was in jobs like being a nanny and working at retail stores.
Your resume is very important at this point as you want to highlight your skills and the things you have learned. Make sure you have several people read over your resume and give you tips about it and help you to proofread it.
Post # 10
Ok, I totally need to go to our career center I guess. I’ve never been. It sounds really helpful! I’m so shy so I hardly network, unlike my Darling Husband. He’s all about networking.
Those of you that interned, did you do a paid internship? And how long did it take you to get offered to full time? I’m not going to lie, having a “real” job scares me. I don’t even know what you can do with a bachelors in Psych!
Post # 11
Networking! I work at a coffee shop at the moment(only until Dec. 23 because I got a full time big girl job! yay!) I actually networked with the customers in the shop…I have been there 5 years and everyone knew me…that is how I got the interview for the job I start in January. Career fairs can be helpful for some I suppose…they were not for me because they only looked for experienced nurses not new grads.
Post # 12
Networking and internships.
I was close with a professor who was a great mentor to me. He got an email from a former coworker looking for a graduating senior for a part-time job. He said he had someone (me) for an internship instead. I interviewed a couple times, they modified it to an internship, and I got it. That led to another internship the next summer at the same company. Then they turned the first internship into a full-time job to hire me on when I graduated.
Post # 13
I was really involved with undergrad organizations that host the activities big companies do on campus. The week before my college Job Fair, I reached out to some of the recruiters I had met through the organization, they told me to apply online and do all the necessary assessments. I got an interview the morning of the job fair and a month later I was emailed for a day visit to their headquarters. After a full day of intense interviews at their headquarters, I was offered the job
I would recommend reaching out to any undergrad organization in your field and definitely going by the career placement office for guidance.
Post # 14
ALso agree with networking too. See if your school has a business card exchange where you may be able to contact some alum to ask them about their jobs or help with finding a job.
I have had 3 jobs in the past almost 4 years and each one I got when the economy is terrible. The first job (with my BA Psych) I worked as a Supported Employment Specialist for adults with mental illness. I managed a caseload of approx 18 adults btwn the ages of 21-60 with severe bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and Major depressive disorder. This was the organization I worked at – http://stlukeshouse.org/
While it was local to my area there are these types of non profits all over the country and since the turnover is very high (because of relatively low pay, stressful work, sometimes long hours) there were usually openings all the time. I stayed there for 13 months then found a job working for a contracting company for AstraZeneca doing Pharmaceutical customer service. I hated that job so I only worked there for 8.5 months.
I then found a position at an online university because I had a previous coworker who worked there (saw it on her facebook) and looked into it. I have now worked with this university for 1.5 years as an Academic Advisor. It’s not exactly Psychology related, but it’s a good fit for now.
You should look in to non profits, you could look in to HR, recruiting, customer service, advising, etc. You probably wont be able to find a legitimate counseling job with just a BA but you do have skills that youve attained during your 4 yrs that will be helpful in the professional world.
ETA – I never had an internship during school and I don’t feel it hindered me at all.
Post # 15
@PitBulLover: Don’t mean to thread jack, but is your online university job from “home” so to speak?
Post # 16
@Eva Peron: yes and no. For the first 6 months I worked only in an office, then was able to work from home for 1 day a week. After 1 year I worked from home 2 days a week. Now my company is trying to go more remote so I am in a 12 week pilot where I am working from home full time. So while there is an office that I used to go to, I will now be staying home until early February at which point they will decide if the job will just become remote.
OP – another thing I thought of was to be a Victims Advocate. I have a coworker who did this in Central FLA and she really enjoyed the work. It’s low paying, stressful and high turnover but you may want to look into it.