Senior year can be difficult, especially with the stress of finding a job or getting accepted into graduate school. It can also be easy to get discouraged. When all of your friends have found jobs or you got rejected from an opportunity that you were passionate about, it is important to stay motivated – but that’s easier said than done, right? Here’s what has worked for me this year, as I get ready to graduate in May.
When all of your friends have found jobs: It can often feel like everyone has found a job but you! Trust me, that’s not the case. It is important to remember that different industries have different hiring timelines. For example, many corporate businesses or consulting companies begin hiring in the fall. Non-profits, however, often look for people to fill positions in the spring. Look to your friends for motivation instead of getting discouraged! If they found jobs, you can too. There is still plenty of time before graduation and many people even find great opportunities after graduation.
When you get rejected: Rejection is always hard but unfortunately it is part of the process – and part of life! In the grand scheme of things, getting rejected from a position is only a minor setback. Although it may not feel like it in the moment, there will be many other positions that appeal to you and many other opportunities that will come your way. Don’t let a rejection keep you from applying to more jobs. As my old basketball coach used to say, you have to be in it to win it! You have to keep putting yourself out there and keep applying in order to be hired. It’s not always easy, but it will be worth it!
When you can’t find what you are looking for: It can often be frustrating to keep looking and looking for a position that would be a good fit for you. But the more you look, the more you will find! Career Services offers many services to help you find that dream position you are looking for! SpiderConnect is a great resource and has hundreds of postings of job opportunities. Additionally, there are plenty of alumni that would love to connect with you and help you find opportunities in their respective industries. Career advisors can help you make those connections and help you narrow done other opportunities that you would like to pursue. While it may seem like you won’t find what you are looking for, don’t give up hope.
As a senior, I definitely know what it is like to feel discouraged about job prospects. In order to stay motivated I try to put the situation in perspective and continue trying. That perfect opportunity is just waiting to be found and all you can do keep looking!