I Graduated from College, Now What?

Guest Author: CareerAlley
Website: http://CareerAlley.com

“To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.” – George W. Bush

It happens to most of us. Grade school, High School and College. We spend 4 years (except for those on the “5 year plan”) learning (and partying) and then the “big day” is here – Graduation! And then, as if overnight, we are faced with the hard, ugly facts of life (therefore the ugly bird picture today) – we now have to find a job. Those days of living off of our parents’ dime are over. We need to fend for ourselves. There is a word for that – UGH. Okay, not to worry. This is the beginning of an adventure. Hold on, because here we go.

  • The 20 Essential TED Talks for New GradsThis is the perfect article for the new college grad. A bunch of great links. From links about what motivates you to work hard to links about what you want to do with your life, these links are definitely worth a review. While you are on the page, take a look at the related links on the left hand side of the page. Also take a look at the frequently asked questions on the right hand side of the page.

  • The 10 Best Hobbies to Boost Your Career – On the surface, this article by Accountingdegree.com, may seem a little off topic, but actually provides an interesting view on how you can positively impact your career. Suggestions such as crossword puzzles to party planning (yes, party planning) provide some interesting links between skills you need at work and hobbies you may have outside of work. An interesting read.
  • College Graduate Job Market Outlook – Posted by About.com’s Alison Doyle, this is a great article for the recent college grad. As usual, Alison provides excellent advice along with embedded links to related information. You will see some similar themes to what has been expressed on CareerAlley, such as visiting college job sites and considering internships for short term jobs (and good work experience). There are a bunch of related links at the bottom of the article, so make sure you take a look at these as well.
  • 50 Great Resources for The College Graduate – Not sure where to begin? Take a look at these 50 ideas and get started on finding that job. The tips are listed by topic, with the first topic being the one I’m sure is most on your mind – “Getting Used to Life After College”. There are several links to related articles, as there are for some of the other topics (like “Get Your Foot in the Door”).

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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