Graduating college is a bittersweet time when one frantically attempts to squeeze in the most fun they can have in the last few months and nervously waits in anticipation for what lies ahead. During the ceremonies, parties, and celebrations, there is an air of uncertainty as graduates try to stay positive about heading into the unknown. Although you may feel that this awkward and confusing anxiety is solely felt by you, you can rest assured that this is a common occurrence for anyone taking that first step into the “real world” (whatever that is). Whether you head straight for the job market or take a year off is up to you, but keep in mind the following tips and statistics so that you may be better equipped for the path you so nobly choose.
Benefits of the Gap Year|
A common concern for new graduates is what they should do next. Should you ship off to graduate school, start posting your resumes, or travel the world in hopes of learning more about the core values that make you tick? If motivated to explore different countries, a gap year can be a great way to take advantage of this in-between time when you are essentially free of responsibilities and yearning to learn more about yourself and about the world. Traveling is a great way to gain a fresh perspective on life and to become well rounded in the cultural sense. Many job recruiters look for people who are well voyaged, as they tend to be more socially aware and grounded. The obvious downside to this plan is the financing required of such a large trip and, also, the fact that once back you will be a year behind your peers in regards to finding a job and advancing. If you can swing it, we say take the year off and have a great time. If you are like the many others who need to support themselves as soon as they are handed that diploma, knowing the fields that are growing exponentially will be a valuable asset for your future.
Office Jobs that Aren’t Slowing Down|
As a new alumnus, you probably already know that the job market isn’t as hot as it used to be. More and more graduates are being forced to take unpaid internships that allow them the opportunity to gain experience and network. If an internship doesn’t suit your needs, there are many office jobs that are continuously growing. Office clerks expect to see a 17% growth rate by 2020, while receptionists and information clerks will rise 23% (EducationInsider). Over the last two years, human relations, training and labor specialists have added 22,773 jobs resulting in a 5% growth rate (BusinessNewsDaily). If you are good with people and enjoy making sure the worker gets their fair share, these positions would be a great fit and are expected to follow the same growth rate in 2013. Similarly, public relation positions have grown 4% with high hopes for the future. Jobs in computing have also improved as demonstrated by the 5% growth rate network and computer administrators experienced when a whopping 16, 626 jobs were added to the market. Computer programmers followed close behind with 11,540 new jobs (BusinessNewsDaily). As you can see, business is booming for these industries and applying for these positions now could land you a spot on the fast track for advancement and opportunity.
Entry-Level Marketing Positions that Get You a Foot in the Door|
If marketing is more your cup of tea (as it is for us and many graduates), passing up an internship for an entry level job could get you in the day to day workings of a marketing firm, while still allowing you to pay your bills. Becoming a marketing assistant is a sure fire way to build your resume while gaining hands on experience of the inner workings of a high level marketing firm. You will be put to work writing content, press releases, and e-mails, scheduling meetings, planning events, along with managing some projects with supervision. This position allows you to be involved from start to finish with only your school projects as necessary precursors. If research is more aligned with your career aspirations, you can analyze reports and conduct tests to research profit and effectiveness of marketing strategies and campaigns as a marketing analyst. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a job in this fast growing market segment as these positions have increased a steady 10% over the last two years (BusinessNewsDaily). With every product that needs to be sold, there is someone that needs to sell it. Marketing sales representatives are a great way to be involved in the marketing process, network with other top executives, and make money with little to no experience. Whatever your marketing objectives may be, many entry-level positions are in high demand and can be excellent additions to your newborn resume.
Social Media Marketing is Looking Up|
Although social media marketing is too new for accurate job statistics, the field itself is a great opportunity for new graduates to get involved in a job market that is exponentially growing. With more and more research backing the effects social media marketing can have for a company’s bottom line, there is no doubt that this is the wave of the future. It is proven that social media produces almost double the leads of traditional pay per click, trade show, and telemarketing efforts, and that company Facebook pages that earn over 1,000 likes receive around 1,400 website visits, daily (Hubspot). The prospects are looking up for this new field of marketing and it won’t be long before bloggers, social media managers, and social media marketing teams are needed for every business. There is no better time to jump on board and to forge your place in this ever-growing discipline.
If you’re still confused about what to do with your future, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Take advantage of this transitionary time to reflect on what you want out of your career and to experiment with different jobs until you find the right fit. Don’t be afraid to take chances and know that the jobs listed above are there for your advantage. Congratulations on all of your achievements and we wish you the very best of luck in the future.
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