One of the things that everyone thinks about while cramming to finish our degree is what will happen after graduation. We’ve just spent years educating ourselves to be prepared for what’s to come, but nothing is concrete until we have a degree in our hands.
Finding a job after graduation can be quite a task depending on what career field you’re entering. Not every area is actively searching for new people and it can be very discouraging if you don’t find something right away.
After I graduated in April, I took on a full-time internship at Visteon in Van Buren Township. I’m part of the marketing and communications team and we are few in numbers. Internationally, our team is comprised of about 15 people. For a large corporation, this isn’t very much but we get the job done.
In my case, an internship was the best option for me after graduation as I will be moving across the country in September. For those of you who can’t find full-time work directly after graduation, looking for an internship may be a good alternative. Internships keep you current in the industry and they’re something to put on your resume.
Life after graduation has been a complete transition. Going from being in a classroom all day to being in a cubicle and working environment has been a bit of a challenge.
My professors and my program fully prepared me for life after college. The techniques and writing styles I learned during my education prepared me for what was to come. Had I not attended college, I wouldn’t be able to perform the daily duties expected of me in this position.
The most pertinent thing to keep in mind is that sometimes it takes time to find the position that’s right for you. Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t get a job on the first try – that just means it wasn’t meant to be. Keep your chin up and keep looking, something will surface eventually that was a match made for you.
Courtney Schultz is an EMU alumni. She graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications. Follow her around @cschulPR.