After graduation you’ll be looking at the beginning of your career and there are so many things to consider that you may feel a little bit overwhelmed. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until you graduate to start thinking about these things, you can start planning months in advance for your job situation after you graduate.
The first thing you should do is consider whether or not you are going to stay with the company you are currently working for. Are you able to utilize all of your skills with this company? Do your superiors appreciate the work you do and the time you put into your work? If you do not feel as though your talents will be nurtured and appreciated in your current place of employment, you should definitely consider finding other employment. You must also consider whether or not you’ll have the chance to continue to grow in your current work environment.
If you don’t have a job when you graduate, you’ll need to get organized quickly so that you can find a job and start putting that education to good use! First, you’ll need to determine what type of job you want and you likely know that since you’ve graduated with a degree or certificate that likely only applies to certain types of jobs. When you know what type of job you are looking for you need to write a resume and cover letter to submit to employers that are looking for individuals with your education or experience. Writing a resume can be more difficult than you may think, so if you need help be sure to use resources such as books, articles on the Internet, or even a professional resume writer.
Next, you’ll need to submit to your resume to as many employers as possible. You should not apply for just one or two jobs, as you aren’t likely to get hired if you limit yourself. Applying for just one or two jobs really limits the chances you’ll be hired quickly as the competition in the job market is intense and the more you apply the better chance you have to landing a great job that you can start soon. You need to pick jobs that will pay the bills, allow you to use your degree, will pay you fairly, and appreciate your work, and will allow you to continue to grow in your skill or art. Choosing a job that will limit your talents and abilities should be avoided, because you didn’t get a college degree to limit your growth.