I Graduated College. Now What?

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It has now been one month and 3 weeks since graduation. If you’d like a quick run down of my undergraduate journey, I suggest you refer to Lessons Learned in Undergrad and On Choosing Scenic Routes.  However, if you’re up to date on my life, then please continue reading:

As I begin the journey of transitioning from student to full-time employee, I am in the process of just getting my foot in the door. Constantly reaching out to others for feedback on my resumé and re-crafting when needed, asking others to see examples of cover letters: (Why do I need to write like 5 of them!?) and constantly applying to multiple companies and organizations. The most tedious part of the whole process is explaining how and why you should be qualified for the position. Notice I didn’t say job or career

Although both are valuable, I think it’s important to take a step back and ask deeper questions. For example, I recently received a comment on one of my YouTube videos: I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE from a young woman recently graduating high school. She told me that video encouraged her because she too wasn’t sure what she wanted to do career wise. In response, I gave her the best advice I would have wanted during that time: don’t focus so much on the job and its title, focus on what you like to do and why. You’ll be surprised at the many ways you can apply skills into various career sectors.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, during my first half of undergrad, I wanted to be a counselor because I wanted to help others solve their problems and build trust and meaningful relationships. During the second half I wanted to pursue a career in public administration because I wanted to implement resources in communities that lacked: Non-profit Management? Urban planning? Currently, I want to combine all of that by working in the Communications, PR and Marketing field so I can have the opportunity to build relationships between an organization and clientele which can then lead to implementation of a product.

So, after some major reflection, I had to ask myself: why was I drawn to these different positions in various sectors? Because they all required similar skills: communication, critical thinking, listening, business management, organizational, empathy and public speaking. Some of these skills I innately posses while others I have had to learn and some, I’m eager to get experience in. However, I’m always finding myself drawn to these positions, even in my previous and current jobs/internships. Most of my experience is within customer service, which used to annoy me, but in reality, customer service is just within the broad spectrum of communication. Not everyone has the patience for it, but I don’t mind it. I really enjoy connecting and being of service to others.

And so, I am making it my goal to not get caught up in the title of a job/career. So although I am still looking, I am looking with the intentions to find descriptions that align with my interests. During this journey, my main focus is to pay close attention to the job description and its responsibilities and I encourage anyone else in my position to do the same!

 

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