“It’s the most dreaded question at a family reunion, party or lake house weekend with friends and family. What’s your career plan?
Feelings of fear and anxiety begin to arise as you answer something along the lines of, “I’m still figuring it out”.
The job search process is always going to be a little stressful, but it’s comforting to know that you can take a different approach. Think targeted vs. ad hoc, proactive vs. reactive and most importantly, relationship vs. online anonymous driven.
To start, ask yourself, “Where do I want to live?”? Be honest! Would you really move to X city away from family & friends to work for Z company. If you answer “Yes” with confidence, you are company driven. Most students are not as flights are expensive, arrival times unpredictable and vacation days limited. It’s much easier to target companies if you have made a geographical decision first, even if it’s multiple cities.
If this exercise still seems too overwhelming, write down cities or states where you would never want to live. The cities you pick may change for internships vs. full-time post grad employment, but this is an important first step in the job search process.
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Where are you planning on going after graduation? Leave your response in the comments below.