The 9 Most Common Jobs for Recent College Grads

“This week, I read about 20 different job descriptions, applied to 15 of them, and I have no idea what I would actually be expected to do if I were to get any of those jobs.”

A soon-to-be grad said this to me a few days ago. When you don’t have much experience, it’s hard to dissect a job description. Sure the tasks are broadly listed, but what would a day doing this job actually look like? Furthermore, how can you expect to nail an interview if you don’t know exactly what the job entails?

This is a challenge that we see all the time at Koru. A huge pain point for recent grads is figuring out: 1) What options are available to them and 2)What those options actually mean. Grads often feel paralyzed by too many options and too little clarity.

So, let’s start with the basics. Here are 9 common entry-level jobs that are filled with recent college graduates (and a little more info about what they entail.)


1. Marketing (Content, Social Media, Email)
Learn more about starting your career in content marketing.

2. Sales (Business Development)

Learn more about starting your career in sales.

3. User Operations (Customer Care)

Learn more about starting your career in user operations.

4. Marketing Analytics

Learn more about starting your career in marketing analytics.

5. Data Analytics

Learn more about starting your career in data analytics.

6. Software Development

Learn more about starting your career in software development.

7. HR (Recruiting)

Learn more about starting your career in HR / Recruiting.

8. Event Planning

Learn more about starting your career in event planning.

9. Project Management

Learn more about starting your career in project management.  


The best places to start your career are places where you can show your employer what you can do — places where you can make a demonstrable impact and gain experience that will serve you throughout your career.

The most important thing is having a knowledge of what you’re getting into so you can hit the ground running, learn quick, and show everybody what you’ve got.

Sarah Croft is Koru's Director of Instructional Design and is chartered with ensuring the validity and reliability of our assessment science along with optimizing the candidate experience. She studied Japanese and Astronomy at Williams College and got her masters in education innovation from Harvard. She loves developing awesome, useful, and fun educational programs and experiences.

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