A Word of Advice for College Seniors
One of the burning questions we consistently ask ourselves throughout our senior year is whether or not we will be able to successfully enter the working world. We’ve pulled countless all-nighters to finish that paper and study for that ridiculously hard final, yet there’s no guarantee that we will be rewarded for our hard work. We’ve interned, worked part-time jobs, held decent grades, and still, we’re still unsure of where all of this exhausting work will lead us. The real question is, why is finding a job so difficult for college grads?
About 35 percent of the average American holds a Bachelors’ degree, and that’s only increasing with time. Naturally, there has become an increased competition rate for entry-level positions that all seniors desperately seek upon graduating. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to find a job as the time of our parents’ generation, where an Associate’s degree was plenty. We, as millennials, have been challenged for our skills, defined as lazy, told we’re not team players or hard workers, and the list goes on. However, what some companies may not recognize is that we are the generation who is most technologically proficient, which is essentially what all companies are turning to in regards to work. Some companies have moved to only working digitally since it’ progressively becoming the dominant method through which we complete tasks. After all, it’s efficient and speedy, so it makes the most sense.
I think there are a number of reasons why the job process has become nothing short of arduous for recent graduates. To name just a few, there’s the problem with not having experience, more students overall searching for jobs, the need for particular degrees to fit a certain position, lack of connections, lack of job openings, etc. The truth is, you may spend months or even close to a year searching for an entry-level position. I think one of the biggest words of advice I can provide is to never give up the search, no matter how many times you receive a rejection email. Those are bound to happen more often than not. While I am not in that position myself, I have watched close friends search up to a year to finally land a job related to their future career. The unfortunate truth is that you oftentimes need to have connections to even be considered for an interview. That’s why interning is key in college, but this still does not necessarily guarantee a job after you graduate. Another issue is that several companies also seek to hire people with experience in the field. How, though, how can we have experience if these companies never give us the initial chance to start?
It’s evidently difficult for people who haven’t experienced it to really know how current college students and graduates worry about their future. 83 percent of college students do not have a job lined up before graduation, despite their active search through various career sites, attending job fairs, etc. Finding a job is so demanding and exhausting, yet we’re still criticized for being lazy. As a senior who graduates in just 7 months, I have been asking myself the question more than ever. What happens when I graduate? Unfortunately, I don’t have all the answers, but I like to tell myself it will all unfold properly in the end. If we can get through a difficult 4 plus years of college, then we can certainly get through the long and frustrating process of job searching. Tackle it just like you did that biology final, and you’ll eventually be rewarded in time.