FIGURING OUT THE NEXT STEP IN LIFE AFTER EARNING A USELESS DEGREE
Graduation. What now? The bittersweet angst of finally graduating and the anxiety of “what’s next” has begun. Whether you are one of the lucky few to graduate with a job, or you are still figuring out what to do with your life, here are some pointers.
First of all, roughly 50 percent of college graduates will be unemployed or underemployed. Yes, this number may freak most of us out (mainly the people without a job lined up), but there are a few resources on campus that can help you better prepare for the next step in your life:
Your resume is everything. It is the most vital part of your portfolio and is essentially your number one “self-marketing” tool. Drop-in peer advising in the Career Development Center (Brotman Hall 250) is available Monday-Friday 11am - 4:30pm They can review you resume and help you with editing and formatting. It’s free!
The interview process can be scary and nerve-wracking, but preparation and practice can make all the difference. Mock interviews are available by appointment in the Career Development Office. You can schedule yours by visiting or calling the CDC (562) 985-4181. It’s free!
Well you kind of need to find someone that is hiring to actually get a job so obviously you need a little job search. BeachLINK is the official CSULB job posting system where you can find full-time, part-time, seasonal, on-campus, off-campus and even internship opportunities. You just need to set up you BeachLINK account and start you search. Visit careers.csulb.edu. It’s free!
Because 4+ years of undergraduate work was not enough and you are craving more, grad school it is.
If you don’t know where to begin and need some guidance and are a clueless little undergraduate who has no idea what to do for grad school you may want to start at the Career Development Center. You can find an extensive resource library with plenty of information to get you started. A graduate school counselor is also available by appointment.
The Career Development Office is located in Brotman Hall. Room 250 and can be reached at (562) 985- 4151.The services are available and FREE for one year for CSULB graduates.
If you’re not mentally prepared for any of the aforementioned options:
Two words: Peace Corps. Yes they do require a two year commitment but they do offer programs that help you pay off some of your loans and they have graduate programs available. You get to utilize your degree, you go away for a couple of years and you help make a difference (cliché I know, but it’s true).
Whatever direction you move towards and wherever it is that you end up, remember: that is exactly where you are supposed to be. Good luck, ya’ll!