Senior Job Stress—Post Graduation
- Senior Job Stress
- Senior Job Stress—Post Graduation
It’s been about a month since graduation. Financially, I feel like a raisin in the sun. However, I was lucky enough to leave college with debt under the national average and, thank goodness, there is a six-month grace period before you have to start paying back student loans. Thank you, governments, for the loans and scholarships.
I have filled out maybe 60 to 70 job applications. I now have my driver’s license number memorized, and the phone numbers and addresses to all my previous employers are drilled into my brain. The good thing is I can fill out applications in half the time.
Post-graduate stress is difficult. You feel everything all a once. Sometimes my mood cycles from a few minutes to a few days. My white board in my room has turned into an algorithm of employment. That makes me think I should go into sales, because I’ve practiced selling myself to many employers.
I’ve learned a lot about rejection. For one, rejection is something that just makes me strive for success. I love to be rejected because:
a) I don’t have to take on the responsibility of that job.
b) It reminds me I am not the best candidate for every job.
c) You learn the mistakes you’ve made and where you can improve.
My advice is to always welcome rejection with open arms. Trust me, it will make you a better person.
At one point, I even made a huge mistake on my cover letter for a résumé. It’s actually a funny story. Rather than saying I work well “independently,” I wrote I work well “indecently.” So maybe that will be a viral hit on Buzzfeed or Facebook — “Résumé mistakes sure to make you cringe.”
If I could leave you with a few tips about post-graduation and job hunting, here’s what I have to say:
- Don’t settle.
- Have fun and be carefree.
- Take risks.
- Make mistakes.
- Be humble.
- DON’T GIVE UP.
What have I learned the most in the past couple of months is not to settle. This is one life, so make it the best experience possible.
I’ve had many interviews and one offer. Today’s interview was in the line of my degree and everything I want to do. So my fingers are crossed that this opportunity open the door for me.
I love not knowing what the future holds, and I also hate it. I love waking up and going with the flow. (You stress less when you just take life one day at a time.) But I’m a natural control freak and want to know where my next paycheck is coming from and going to.
One thing for sure, I am ready to work and work hard. I should have a job in the next couple of days, so I need to kick up my feet before my adult life truly starts.
Visualizing my $30,000 degree hanging in my $200 frame made this whole experience worth it. It’s a beautiful sight to see and a huge feather in my cap. I’m glad I chose ASU — the faculty and staff are amazing educators and people.