After registering for my last semester of classes, I felt overwhelmed. The process was quick and painless (have no fear, OWLnet gets easier as time goes on) and I’m right on track for May 2010 graduation. I was overwhelmed with a feeling of “what do I do now?” though. No matter how much post-graduation advice I hear, it doesn’t seem to make graduation seem any less daunting. However, buckling down and taking that advice will help me to make this huge transition into the work world less scary. Here is some of the advice I’ve been getting:
- Network, network, network. Talk to people everywhere you go. Many PR professionals have said that the jobs they have had in their careers have been acquired through someone they knew.
- Get business cards and carry them with you everywhere. You never know when someone may think of you for a project, internship, or even a job. Make sure they have a way to get in contact with you!
- Work on your writing constantly. I’ve heard countless times that good writing is what makes people stand out. It’s a skill that has to be developed over time, so you must always be taking steps to improve it.
- Go on informational interviews. Even if a company isn’t hiring, ask them if you can come in for an informational interview. This is a good way to network and practice your interviewing skills!
- Go to the Temple University Career Center. You can have your resume critiqued, sign up for a mock interview, look at job openings, and much more. Do it, it’s free!
- Talk with your peers about how they are dealing with the job search process. Share tips, experiences, successes and failures. Learn from each other!
Does anyone have any more post-graduation advice? We’d love to hear it. It’s a big world out there!