Seeking New Career

Graduation is just around the corner for me. College will be over and my life as a student will finally come to an end. As I’ve slowly come to accept this, I’ve realized that the next logical step is to find a “real job” — you know, the kind you used to hear about all the time. These are the jobs that involve suits and skirts with nice dress shoes.

I’ve already decided on my career path (that’s part of what’s happening when you declare your major.) But what I’m currently coming to understand is that that “career path” is very broad and encompasses a lot and yet, at the same time, it is narrow and leaves me very limited in my choices. Sometimes all I see are openings for Nurses and I wonder what I’m doing trying to market “writing skills.” Then I remember, I’m good at this…and blood makes me queasy.

For days now, I’ve been imagining myself walking around an office in a dress suit and heels clutching a coffee cup and a pile of files, looking like a real adult (something I’ve yet to feel that I’ve become.) This daydream can be quite staggering, especially when you realize there’s a ticking clock counting down the weeks until graduation.

Sure, there’s no real rule that says you must embark on your new career path the moment you leave campus behind…BUT! But there is something of an expectation that you not still be flipping burgers a year after you’ve got your diploma. There’s a certain sense of urgency that you can place on yourself that can cause more stress than anything else.

So in my overwhelming job search for my future career, I’ve learned a few things that I’ll now share:

  • 1) If you think you’ve got a good resume, think again. Chances are that even if you’re a great writer and you think you’ve worded it wonderfully, there are still major selling points that you’re missing.

  • 2) Job Fairs that say they’re for “Science or Engineering Oriented Majors” will still have the occassional organization with a job opening for something else from any number of different fields. If you’re a Letters Major, you should still attend.
  • 3) Career Services (or similar establishments) can be a great help in pointing you in the right direction or at least in getting you to think more clearly/specifically about what you want.
  • 4) You’re not likely to find anything that doesn’t require some sort of qualification that you’re positive you don’t have. Apply anyway. Sure, companies want the perfect employee, but they’re probably more willing to take someone who is “close” to what they want rather than to keep waiting for their ideal candidate forever.

    And finally,

  • 5) Be confident. You have skills that are worth something to someone. Don’t give up before you’ve tried. Everyone starts at the bottom of the ladder and has to climb one rung at a time.


Comments (4)

AnonymousFebruary 16th, 2008 at 4:15 PM

I didn’t know you were going to be a writer. How cool is that? I didn’t know you had a blog either, but that’s not quite as cool as writing a book. What’s it about?

Heather E.February 17th, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Well, when it’s finished it’ll probably be about something entirely different than what it was about when I started. So I’ll let you know. ;) HAH!

AnonymousFebruary 20th, 2008 at 12:20 AM

so… when are you going to write more?

JoshMarch 14th, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Points 4 and 5 are very important to keep in mind. Any company that you would actually want to work for should be willing to give you some training, provided you already have a basis in some of the stuff they want and appear to be a good employee.

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