Sticking out a job that you’re not passionate about shows grit. Hard, non-fun work might not seem glamorous on your resume, but it’s often what employers want to see. Plus, you can apply the skills you learn to any job.
7. If you want a job before graduation, act early.
If you’re a senior (or will be next year), keep in mind that a lot of employers will hire you months, even a year before you graduate. Starting your job search early in your senior year can only help you down the road.
8. And if you don’t find a job fast, grad school isn’t a fix-all.
Working a job, even if it’s not exactly what you want to be doing, will give you a good sense of what’s out there. And if you do later decide that grad school is right for you, you’ll have a better sense of how to apply the degree you want to earn.
After you graduate, it might seem like the options are endless. How do you figure out what direction is right for you? There’s no right or wrong answer, and at the end of the day, you’re going to have to pick something and stick to it … even if it’s just for a little while.
Your dream job is out there. But you’re probably not going to find it right out of college, and that’s OK. When you start your first job search, it’s important to be realistic. It’s also important to seek out jobs and environments that’ll support your growth as you figure out just what that dream job actually looks like.
The best rule of thumb is to be your best self everyday and trust that you’re on the path to figuring it out.
Cheers to you, 2015. We can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring!
Michaela Gianotti is Koru's content manager. She attended Whitman College, where she spent the better part of four years convincing her family that English majors can get jobs too. She has since found awesome work (SEE!) at 826 Seattle, msnNOW, and Koru.