Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.
Now that your time as a college student is over, the real world awaits. But the environment for first-time job seekers is drastically different now than it was even a few years ago, as millions of employees quit their jobs in search of something better during the Great Resignation.
As potential employers fiercely compete to recruit, employ, and retain the best talent by offering higher salaries and more generous benefits, recent graduates about to start their careers have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find work that’s both fulfilling and lucrative. As you get ready for the next chapter of your life, explore the following options for how you can make the job market work for you.
1. Find an internship
2. Begin your job search.
3. Start your own business.
4. Take some time to explore.
You don’t need to figure out your new career immediately. Many recent graduates take a gap year between finishing school and entering the working world to pick up some new life experiences to help enrich their job skills. This could include:
- Backpacking around the world
- Writing a novel
- Starting a podcast
- Learning graphic design
- Teaching English abroad
- Working as a nanny or au pair
- Learning a new language
Spending some time to explore your own dreams and goals can add a lot of clarity and purpose to your job search. But it’s also an opportunity for you to learn new skills that can help make your resume stand out when it’s time to get a job.
It can be a challenge to find a career path after getting your college degree. But with proper preparation and organization, you can find great success in the post-pandemic job market.