by Torski Dobson-Arnold
I am a recent college graduate concerned about my ability to find a job. I think the safest thing for me may be to just apply and go to graduate school instead. I don’t know what I want to major in, but if I can’t find a job, I figure that staying in school is the best way to go. What are your thoughts? Should I go back to school and if so, what should I major in?
Congratulations on your recent graduation! I know you worked through lots of sweat and tears to reach such a milestone. I think like most recent college and high school graduates, you’re feeling anxiety about job opportunities after graduation, particularly in this challenging market.
I am a champion of higher education. However, I am not a fan of going to school just for the sake of going to school. What would you want to achieve by getting another bachelor’s degree or master’s degree? There is a saying that says, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will surely get there.” I share this with anyone who chooses to go to school without any real pursuits in mind as to what this new accomplishment will do to further dreams and goals.
Instead, consider this: Research says that at least 60 percent of all jobs are found through networking. Ask yourself: With whom might you network as a recent college graduate? You have lots of leads from your professors to fellow graduates that have already landed a job to your college’s alumnae office. Take advantage of every opportunity to explore career possibilities and don’t leave any stone unturned. If you discover in your information gathering that there is an area that you’d like to pursue that is outside of your major, you may have found an indication of what additional classes, certifications or degrees might be necessary.
Wishing you only success in your career endeavors,
Torski Dobson-Arnold, Career Confidence Coach