Senior Job Stress
- Senior Job Stress
- Senior Job Stress—Post Graduation
I am currently in my last run for my journalism degree. I’ve been attending classes every semester, including summer sessions, since 2011.
I am burned out, I am excited, I am antsy, and I am stressed.
I am facing what every senior faces in their last semester: graduate anxiety. At 2 p.m. on May 16, I will walk across the stage to get the degree I have worked four hard years for, and yet I wonder: What’s next? Will I have a job? Where am I going? What will I be doing?
I have more questions than answers, but I know I’m not alone.
I started out at ASU as a business major. I wanted to work in the business part of the music industry. I grew up with a huge music influence and I had previously talked myself out of being a music major, thinking there wasn’t a future in it (and trust me music majors, I was wrong). I ended up pursuing business because I saw dollar signs and wanted to make money.
But before my freshman year started, I changed my mind. I thought I wanted to be a doctor and I signed up for pre-med classes. I thought about how much money I would make and it was exciting. Turns out I got into the whole shebang for all the wrong reasons. Coming from a lower income home, you dream of being rich and being able to afford anything you want. After a semester in the pre-med prerequisites, I found I wasn’t happy. My creative soul wasn’t fulfilled.
I had a few Facebook friends I looked up to in the entertainment industry. One day, I was offered a writing gig for a publication in the Hollywood, Calif., area. Soon, I was working with musicians and getting their stories about life as an artist. After my first interview with a band from my hometown, I went straight to ASU’s Communication and Mass Media Department and switched my major to convergent journalism — my “Almost Famous” moment.
I had the time of my life in my media classes, and I was able to apply them to my press gigs. This was something I had dreamed of doing since I saw the Goo Goo Dolls perform on PBS when I was 6 years old.
You have to sell yourself and prove to a company you are the candidate they are looking for — all on one piece of paper.This was working out perfectly. One thing in college we as students have a hard time getting is real-world experience. I accumulated three years of real world journalism experience. My résumé was looking pretty good and I felt so confident about it.
I had the mindset of the Kayak travel website: one and done. One application and I would have a job. Then cloud nine dropped me from the sky.
I visited ASU’s Office of Career Development. We talked about what I wanted to do and where I should search for jobs, then we revised my résumé. They helped me so much by showing me the tools to really dig deep into a job search and it brought me so much relief.
Over Christmas break, I submitted about 12 applications. One thing I noticed was that it took a lot of time. You have to sell yourself and prove to a company you are the candidate they are looking for — all on one piece of paper.
Honestly, if I could put my personality into a résumé, there would be pyrotechnics shooting fireworks from the corners of the page, an intro from a Van Halen song would play, and LED lights would illuminate my experience and scroll just like the intro from “Star Wars.” Unfortunately, we haven’t established that idea in a job setting, at least not yet.
Fast forward to today: I’ve put in job applications to major television networks, magazines and websites and I have yet to hear back. I will say it is discouraging, especially lying awake at night hoping you’ll get a call or email the next day. I constantly monitor my email, with so much hope and so far nothing. Granted, it’s only been two months, but it feels like a year.
I know I will get a job, I know I will find what I’m looking for, I just have to be patient. But for right now in this moment, I’m gonna keep applying for jobs, and focus on this last semester here at Angelo State. One day at a time.