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How long does it take for college students get their dream jobs after they graduated?

I just want to see the time management after college.

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Diana’s Answer

Great question. I think that as much as we want to find our dream job as quickly as possible, it really depends on many things. If you know exactly what your dream job is, your focus should be researching the position and the companies you might be interested in, to understand what experience is required. Depending on what is needed, you may need to spend some time building that experience and/or learning through other platforms. What you may realize through this process, is that what you thought was your dream job is no longer the goal, or you become that much more passionate about your dream job. Keep your options open, all knowledge and experience will ultimately make you a stronger candidate as you continue to grow your skill set getting you closer to that dream job, whatever it ends up to be!
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Carole’s Answer

This is an interesting question in that it really does depend on the person and what major they decided on and if there is a better major for them. I have some personal knowledge on this that I will share with you. I decided while I was in college that I wanted to teach elementary school. So my path was made and I ended up getting a BA in English/Education.  It so happens that when I actually finished by practice teaching I found out that I did not like it. I felt that I needed more variety in my job and found out that I did not want to teach young children.

So I went out in the business world and worked several years in the banking industry and my job was titled "New Accounts Counselor". I really felt that I could counsel people on the accounts that they needed and loved helping them by giving them information to work with. Those were skills that made me happy. So after I had my first child I wanted to go back to work after a couple of years, but then I was introduced through an adult extension course to the Assessments that I could take  to help me discover what I want to do with my career. It was eye opening for me  and I realized then the reason that I wanted more variety and why I love my counseling job at the bank was that I needed to help people discover things especially about themselves, and I also need the variety of people to work with and the variety of problems to solve. After that I checked back into the college where I received my degree and they were just starting a new Major in Educational Psychology and at that time period you get a Certification or go for the masters. I wanted to work and go to school so I went back to school part time for a couple of years and got my certification. I loved this Career and it was perfect for me, but in the early years they did not have it as a major, so that is why it took me so long to find the right career and the DREAM JOB FOR ME!! I do suggest that if you really want to find your dream job that you take a couple of assessments through your college Career Center and work with the counselor there to help you figure out if you are on the right path to being happy. You will learn a little bit more about yourself and what type of personality you have and does it fit with the career that you really think you want.

THESE ASSESSMENTS ARE FUN AND GOOD INFORMATION WILL HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY!! BEST OF LUCK  IN YOUR RESEARCH. YOU REALLY WANT TO FIND YOUR DREAM JOB BEFORE YOU GRADUATE!!!!!

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I will suggest the "SDS (self Directed Search" BY JOHN HOLLAND for the interest assessment. You can do it yourself but you need some sort of counseling after you take it. There are others that are good also and your Career Center may have other choices. It also has a personality test to go with the interest finder. "The Myers Briggs" is an excellent personality test, but you usually have to pay for it and sometimes it takes awhile to get your scores. So check on the assessment that your college has for you and see what you get from the scores. It will help you find your pathway to a career.
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Aya’s Answer

I think this shouldn't be depend on the timing, it depends on the person and his/her hard work to achieve what he/she wants.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Kiera W. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

In addition to the awesome answers already provided, I share with you that sometimes college students find their "dream job" while they are actually in college. This can happen when students have an opportunity to do internships or co-ops while still in college. Some students actually **make** their dream job while in college. And in some rare cases, a student can make their dream job while still in college. For example, Facebook was founded by students who were still in college who understood that other college students wanted to stay connected to each other online in newer and more innovative ways.

I mention these pieces of information to you because as you will likely learn over time, most of what happens in or to a person's job/career is driven by that individual. No time like the present to get comfortable in that driver's seat ;).

Hope you find this answer helpful and best of luck to you!
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