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!