November 15, 2009 - 10:15 AM
This week, I had a classic "OH MY GOSH! WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?" freak-out. I have been student for the last 21 years of my life, and never anything beyond that. Now, I am graduating in the spring and have to get a job. The only problem is that I don't know what the heck I want to do after graduation. It is such a stressful situation. Luckily, I have a lot of people here at the Lundquist College of Business who can help.
First, I made an appointment with my academic advisor, Jeanne. She verified that I only need 8 more classes to graduate, so I am right on track. I also planned out my winter term and spring term classes and know exactly what classes I am going to take. This relaxed me, because now I know what classes I have to take in order to graduate. Things are more certain.
Next, I headed to the LCB Career Center. This was great too because they have some great books about careers in certain fields and what you can expect from these careers in terms of hours, salary, and job duties. This helped relax me a little too, because I realized I have so many choices. I also realized I don't need to make this decision right away. If I go into the job market open minded, I am sure I will find something that I will enjoy.
Finally, I went to the Career Fair on Thursday. This was amazing because there were so many employers I was interested in talking to. Although I was frustrated that the companies I wanted to talk with were not hiring spring graduates, I got great networking practice and gave my resume to a few employers. Thursday evening, some of the employers stayed on campus for an Alpha Kappa Psi event called mock interviews. In mock interviews, students set up to fake interviews and then get feedback on how they did. Overall, my feedback was positive, but I also got some great constructive criticism to help me polish my interview skills and resume.
Although I still don't know what my dream job is or what I will be doing after graduation, I can now rest a little easier knowing I am more prepared to make that decision. I am sure more freak-outs will happen before I graduate, but luckily I have a great support system here at LCB who can help me.