You go to college, you graduate with one bachelor’s degree, later with another one, and two years later you are already done with your master’s thesis – how quickly time passes! And now it’s time to start life on your own – get a nice job and feel like a king of the world! Dreaming is so great, but unfortunately the whole reality after graduation does not look so beautiful.
From the beginning of my college education, I knew that I would really like to spend well and active this period of my life. Not only being just a student bored in the class, but also getting involved in many activities. After the first year of my studies, I went to the United States for Work&Travel to experience the adventure of my life, improve my language and simply have lots of fun. And it was great! After comming back I have gained more self-confidence and I have decided to move to another city. I have continued my studies and even started secondo major. And it was incredble time of my life – another new adventure, being in constant rush – travelling from one part of the city to another to be on time in the class, meeting new people. I’ve got used to a new place very quiqly and also to my new being on the run lifestyle. I couldn’t stop even during summer so I have found myself an internship in an international institution. I was really pro ud of myself that I can take care of my future which for sure will pay me back in the future.
Due to the fact that I studied two majors at the same time, I did not have time to get work experience during the academic year. So all the holidays I tried to use intensively to learn something new. There were foreign internships, there were several summer schools, there was a newspaper internship, even Erasmus exchange – and many more activities connected with my studies path. But at some point I decided to fulfill my childhood’s dream and I have got myself a job in a shoe shop!
I’ve been developing all these years and looking for my interests and the path that I would like to follow in the future. I got to know my strengths and weaknesses, I have got nice work experience and did not think that finding my dream job would be Any problem for me.
Hey, a graduate is looking for a job!
Encouraged by statistics about extremely low unemployment in my country I rolled up my sleeves and started my mission to find a job. I’ ve made myself a resume, I started searching through all the job offers websites. I was sending many, many applications, but getting none responses. After all, I couldn’t wait very long because my savings were melting and I desperately needed to find something. But not only something, I still wanted to get a perspective job!
As time passed, I realized that I had to lower my expectations a little bit and look more critical on my previous experiences. Maybe they are not so to my potential employers?
So I have changed my tactics and after a short time I found a job – it is not perhaps a dream job, a whole day of clicking in Excel, hanging on the phone, but I have some stabilization that allows me to do something else.
I want to act!
I know that my current occupation differs a little from my dreams and charakter, but at least it gives me a sense of stability. Besides, I have a lot of time to get involved in my hobbies. But to be honest, sometimes I do really feel underestimated and I am mad at me that I have not made other decisions in the past.
So if I can have a piece of advice for students who may someday look at this site – do not jump from one internship to another. Start looking for a good job before you will graduate. I assure you that you will say ‘thank you’ to your smart-self while seeing a job search struggle of your college friends.