Post-grad Panic: What Should You Do With Your Life?

With graduation looming in the coming months, a lot of us are left in panic mode. If you need a little advice or boost to your career action plan, I’m here to help. Written by Juliet Rocco

lg_collegegrad“What are you doing after graduation?”

I don’t know yet, and I’m perfectly fine with this answer…for now.

My focus right now is on school, but the thought of how I’m going to be paying off my loans and supporting myself does not escape me. I’m still trying to find my Golden Ticket a.k.a. a job that pays decent and will be fulfilling.

Grad School: Yes or No? After completing my undergrad degree, I’m done. I don’t plan on taking another exam or working towards an MBA until I feel it is absolutely necessary. I’d also like to gain more work experience and make sure I enjoy working in the business field before I drop 100k on more school.

Back to Flipping Burgers? I never worked flipping burgers, but I did work in retail during high school and gained valuable customer service experience along with lots of patience. Going back to my high school job is a last resort to pay the bills. Plenty of recent college grads go back to their retail or food service jobs because it is a solid paycheck. There’s nothing wrong with going back for a little while, as long as you continue to focus on your ultimate career goal.

New Opportunities? To me, keeping an open mind to opportunities means even greater possibilities. I have a concrete action plan for post-grad which I continue to work on. My strategy is based mostly on geographic regions and availability of opportunities.

My Action Plan:

Job Location – Greater New York City area (NYC or Northern, NJ) – makes for an easier for commute by bus or car.

Job Type – Marketing Coordinator, Content Strategist, Assistant Marketer, Marketing Consultant, Assistant Copywriter, Assistant Brand Manager, & Marketing Communications Consultant.

Job Preferences – Professional & creative work atmosphere, good company reputation, good benefits, negotiable salary, 40-hour work week (plus overtime if necessary), structured management system, up-to-date on technology.

Action – Apply to as many jobs that seem to be the right “fit” as possible on a rolling basis before May 2013. Create a list of employers applied to and potential employers for future reference. Continue to network with others and search for opportunities.

Takeaway: Just because you don’t have a plan already in place does not mean it’s too late. You can easily create a plan similar to what I have and it will definitely make the process less painful! The most important thing is to remain positive and patient.

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One thought on “Post-grad Panic: What Should You Do With Your Life?

  1. Michael says:

    Interesting article, I should make an action plan for when I graduate in the spring.

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