Graduate Stories: “I wish I had taken more time to sharpen my networking skills”

Age: Mid-twenties
Have you graduated yet?: Not yet
What city do you live in?: Boston, MA
Where do you live?: At home
What’s your current working situation?: I am currently finishing my last semester in graduate school. I am a full-time student, but I work part time in a marketing role. However, I am currently looking for a full-time role for post-graduation work.

What do you think you’ve struggled with the most after leaving education?

Breaking into the industry that I am passionate about has been my biggest struggle since graduating from undergraduate school. The industry is quite competitive and entry and mid-level jobs are often filled through internal referrals.

What do you wish you’d known or had done before leaving university?

Although I was very active with internships and clubs while at university, I wish I had realized just how important networking is to securing competitive jobs and I wish I had taken more time to sharpen my networking skills.

Do you think there’s enough resources out there for young people making the transition from education to adult life? (If so, what? If not, what do you want to see more of?)

Yes and no. While in school some majors are clearly favored more than others in regards to navigating the job search process and bringing recruiters to campus. However, there are many free or low-cost ways to learn new skills, network, and search for jobs for young adults.

From a social and financial perspective, transitioning from university life to adult life can be challenging for some young adults. I wish there were programs to help students make the transition more easily.

Thank you to L.P. – (thenewburygirl – for sharing her experiences of graduate life!

If you would like to share your story, you can fill in the survey here or you could read the other graduate stories here.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Sumedha

    It’s great that you’re sharing graduate stories! I can learn things from these 🙂

    1. Maddie

      Thank you, I hope they help! 😊

  2. Great interview with The Newbury Girl! I love reading about people’s university experiences x

    1. Maddie

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. John Aiwone

    I love this series! It’s great reading up on the journey and challenges of fellow graduates and seeing the different backgrounds and walks of life that they come from. Keep the stories coming!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

    1. Maddie

      Thanks Johnny! I’m glad you find it useful 😊

  4. Hannah Louise Blog

    So interesting seeing how people got on with getting grad jobs, I still haven’t got back into the industry that I want yet but hopefully get there soon!

    1. Maddie

      Thank you – I’m glad it’s helpful me sharing other people’s experiences! I’m sure you will 😊

Let me know your thoughts...