Looking for a post-graduate job or summer internship is one of the most stressful things a college student undergoes. The process is long and draining, usually causing one to obsess unhealthily over the future.
I am currently looking for a post-graduate job, and these are three things I have learned to remember throughout the process:
1. Know your worth.
Everyone has a unique background to bring to an organization. Some employers are looking for creatives, others for storytellers. If you have worked hard in your academics and extracurriculars, and have invested in those around you, chances are you are well-prepared to bring value to these organizations. You are more than just your résumé, so try to not get caught up comparing your involvement and accolades to those around you. Don’t underestimate the value of a determined, positive spirit.
2. Work your network.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard “it’s all about who you know,” I would probably be a millionaire. Guess what, though? It is true. The biggest thing I have learned through my job search is that informational interviews can set you apart from the rest of the candidates. Face-to-face communication is invaluable. I encourage you to book a trip to the city you want to be in and try to get in front of as many companies or organizations as possible. If you’re not sure where to start, go to your professors and ask them to connect you with alumni.
3. Everyone’s path is different.
Not everyone will have the same journey, and it is important to avoid comparing your experiences with others. Some are lucky to secure their dream jobs directly upon graduating, while it may take others a year or two to find their places in the industry. There is no right or wrong path; there is just your path.
While the job hunt can be overwhelming and stressful, it is important to remind yourself you are qualified and capable. If you understand what you can bring to an organization, work the connections you have and don’t compare yourself to others, you will find success without all the unnecessary stress.
Written by Olivia Lake, PRSA Liaison.