Not everybody leaves college with a “real-world” job set up. While looking around at anybody who does have one set up, it can certainly be a little scary to look at your own situation. Will you ever actually make use of your degree? How long will it take for you to get settled into your career?
The key to life after college is to be patient, and to understand that it’s not going to all happen overnight. Chances are, you’re not going to be making six-to-seven figures right out of the gate. Sometimes, that goal isn’t going to be met for a very, very long time. The most important thing to remember is that you’d made it this far, you’ve gotten your degree, you have that credential in place. You know you have the ability and the knowledge, now just to apply it.
Apply for anywhere and everywhere that you can. Do not be too picky; just put your name in and try for that job. Even consider startups; there’s nothing wrong with getting your foot in the door trying to start up something new. At the end of the day, it’s something to throw on the resume and it’s real-world experience.
Also, don’t be afraid to work a job for awhile that doesn’t necessarily fall into your field to make some money. There’s nothing wrong with establishing yourself in a place as a backup plan. I currently work at Best Buy, and I’m working up a solid reputation with the company so, if anything, this is something to fall back on. I’ve noticed that this is a solid company with plenty of room for advancement, so even though it’s not necessarily a career path that I dreamed of as a child, it’s a door that I’m keeping open. Keeping any and all connections close and tied is absolutely crucial, because any recommendation or second chance could work out in the long run. Isaac Remy, our CEO at MakesSense, and Kelly Miscadyn, our CTO, were roommates in college! That connection, that was never severed, is paying dividends as they both work towards this company.
Keep an eye and an ear open, jump on any opportunity given, and keep your patience. It won’t happen overnight; just give it a shot, and don’t be afraid to work a job you don’t want to for a little while. Who knows, you could meet someone there who can connect you to a new career, or find out that it’s actually a pretty nice place to work. Keep it positive, stay patient, and work hard at your craft.
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