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What if I don’t get the job I want after college?

Asked Berwick, Pennsylvania

How would I go about finding the right job for my degree specialization? #career

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Mareo’s Answer


Your journey for landing that "dream job" after college begins in your Freshman year. You have to go in committed and with a plan of action that you will put in place. When you don't know the answers, you seek out an academic adviser or someone that can point you in the right direction. Additionally, you must have internships during the summer sessions. When you take advantage of internships, they often turn into full time job offers upon graduation.

Mareo recommends the following next steps:

  • Identify what career path you would like to pursue and what degree plan will help you get there.
  • Each college semester, set an academic goal of no less than a 3.0 GPA
  • Find student organizations and clubs to join on campus that are centered around your major/profession. This will help you build relationships with upperclassmen and allow you to network with others that can assist you in your professional development and career readiness.
  • Secure an internship by at least the summer after your sophomore year.

Dung’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

As someone who has been through their fair share of setbacks, I am glad to tell you that it's absolutely ok to not get "the dream job" right after college. Things happen, but they happen for a reason. What I mean is that if you keep working hard at your goals, it doesn't matter what your job is, you will get where you are supposed to be. I didn't land my dream job out of college, one that I thought would have been perfect for me. Three years later, I am doing exactly what I love and what I believe is meant for me. It is also worth mentioning that what I am doing is not exactly what I went to school for. Had I got that offer I thought I wanted, I would have been miserable. My advice for you is be creative. There are many ways to success. You just have to find one that suits your journey and helps you grow.

Carla’s Answer

Updated Columbus, Ohio

Sometimes you can make all the right moves and still aren't offered the job you want.  Come up with a plan on what your next steps will be.  Do you have a second "dream job"?  Have a back up for other companies or positions you'd like to take.  Also be willing to take a smaller role if it will mean that you can work your way up to the position you're wanting.  Oftentimes, most people haven't followed a straight career path to getting their dream job.  Take a chance if something looks interesting but may be different than what you were originally wanting.  Also, don't give up!  Keep improving your skills by taking additional classes if needed or even volunteer somewhere to help increase your experience.  And, apply more than once if you have to!  Contact the company's HR and let them know of your interest. You may not be offered that position today but it may be in your future.