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How do I know I will get a job after college?

I'm worried that I will struggle to find a job once I obtain my degree.
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Erica’s Answer

Jerrod,

I'm certain you will get A JOB upon graduating from college, but I think more specifically you want to know if you will get a job in the field you majored in. You can start by looking at Bureau of Labor Statistics and go to the Occupation Outlook handbook. Look at occupations associated with your major. Then start networking while you are in school. Find out if there is an association on campus that is focused on those occupations (i.e Business club, Nursing association, etc,). Start networking on and off campus. Talk to the Career Services department at your school and see if they can help you with finding summer internships. Treat your internship like a job. When the internship supervisors see how well you are doing (and you need to well), they may hire you, but in the event that it is not in their budget, you know have credible people in your field who you can use as references. Soak up all the knowledge you can.

In addition, you naturally want to keep your grades and attendance up and seize any opportunities on or off campus that will bring you a step closer to entering your field upon graduation. Start NOW!. Good luck.
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Alishia’s Answer

Always have a plan to the plan. We never know what obstacles or detours life will throw at us, but having a sure plan, staying focused, and being open to change if the need arises will ensure you will end up in career of one of your choices. I went to college to become an obgyn and after 2 years of college I changed to business and have been working on corporate america. I was open to change and it worked out for my good. Best of luck!

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Ashley’s Answer

I completely agree with Erica and Kim. To expand upon what Kim said, you may need to find a 'stepping stone' job to help you get where you want to be after college. For instance, there may be a company that you would really like to be your employer but if you have trouble entering the company in a role specifically aligned with your degree, you can find another job at that company that will get your foot in the door. When you do your very best at that job and build up your reputation within the company, you will be more marketable for your dream job within that company! That is exactly what I did and I have had opportunities that I never dreamed of!

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Jarrod,

Erica has given you some excellent advice. One additional thought to consider is be open to opportunities that are adjacent to or related to your desired field or job. These opportunities represent a path to broader experience and make you more marketable in the future. And the fact that you can correlate what you learn in "unrelated" jobs to a current job opportunity shows that you see the whole picture and have awareness of business or operations. Those skills are highly valuable to the right employer.

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