College & Career
During my last year in college, I accepted an opportunity to work in web production at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) in New York City. I couldn't decide what was more exciting: living and working in the Big Apple or meeting Ms. Stewart!
Before you can land that dream job, you have to impress the hiring manager. And before you ever get to meet that person, you have to impress the computerized Applicant Tracking System and the human being who decides if your cover letter and resume merit more than a six-second review.
Choosing the right career is a delicate balancing act. Since you'll want to have a long, successful career, you'll want to choose a profession that lines up with your skills, abilities, and interests. Also, unless you're a trust fund baby, you'll have bills to pay--along with desires you want filled--so you need to earn a decent salary.
Want to quit your job? Want to quit after only a day, a week, or a month?
Recently, I found myself in this situation. I was hired for a job that on paper seemed perfect for me, and I loved everything about it--my boss was amazing, my co-workers were friendly and helpful, the money was good, and I was using my degree.
Though things seem to be picking up on the job front, plenty of people are still having difficulty getting hired. In fact, the average college graduate will spend anywhere from three to nine months looking for a job--which, for many, is far too long to go without work.
Most college students know that they need to get good grades to succeed in school and beyond. But what might be more important--especially in securing a job after college--is how they succeed outside of the classroom.
If you've just landed an internship or started a new career, chances are you may just be the youngest person in your office, and sometimes by a lot. This may mean that the chances of making similar-aged office friends and finding someone to join you at an après-work happy hour are unfortunately slim to none. However, being the youngest in your office actually provides you with a host of benefits and lots of learning opportunities.
While the job market may be less bleak than it was several years ago, things are still far from easy for today's college grads, especially those falling into the often-dreaded "entry level" category. If you're at the point where you've pretty much given up on landing your dream job (or at least the entry level version of it), you may be considering a role as an administrative assistant, a position that's still fairly high in demand across a wide range of industries.
Being an introvert means so much more than being than shy, quiet, and self-reflective; it also means finding energy by being alone instead of by interacting with others. Sometimes, however, introverts face unique obstacles, especially when it comes to the workplace.