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Post-Grad Options

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

“If you can’t jump over life’s hurdles, limbo under them.”

This is exactly how I am approaching life after graduation. There have been many articles addressing the struggles the graduating class of 2013 will be facing in finding a job so soon after a recession. Discouraging is not the only word that comes to mind when we think about the task at hand. And don’t even talk to us about what we say when family ask us what our next steps are.

I have been feeling nervous about life post-grad. I’ve been applying for jobs since March and there hasn’t been a single call of interest. I eventually grew sick of feeling helpless and finally channeled that frustration into not only finding other options, but into actually pursuing them.

Here are some post-grad options for you to consider:

1. Peace Corps

Last week I had my first interview with the Peace Corps and I’m already moving on to the next stage. I can’t begin to say how much of a relief it’s been knowing I have this as an option. A two year commitment abroad, rewarding life experiences, and $7,500 at the end? Sign me up!

Peace Corps Africa Volunteer

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2. Au Pair Abroad

I know what you’re thinking. A nanny? However, it’s not as unappealing as it sounds. The website I’ve been going through, Au Pair World, allows both au pairs and families to seek each other out for a mutually beneficial arrangement. As an au pair, you become part of the family, not an employee. You interview with different families from around the world, choose one, and off you go for as little as three months to as long as 24 months. My interviews are next week!

Au Pair Family Girls

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3. Teach Abroad

To be specific, for me it’s the Middle East. When I told my family about my decision to try to teach there, they freaked out. “What is the crime rate?” “what if there’s no running water?” and “what if a war breaks out?” are only some of the questions they have asked.

Teach Students Abroad

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These are my top three options for now. Keep up with my blogs to find out more about these options and where I end up! College grads, look into your own options. It’s not a guarantee that you will have a job when you want it, but it’s a great feeling knowing you have fall backs.

Good luck!

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To The Class Of 2013

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Dear Class of 2013,

It has come to my attention that I might not be the only nervous college grad. While I have been pursuing my own options and feel comfortable with the ones I have to choose from, there is still a part of me that wonders where my path will take me. And I know I’m not the only one. To ease your mind a little bit, let me offer you some advice and comforting words.

Nervous Female College Graduate

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A lot of us don’t do well with uncertainty. We like knowing what’s going to happen so that we are better prepared to face what’s coming. However, it’s the unknowing that is the greatest adventure of all. You’re free to explore all your options – and I mean every single one. If you don’t get a job in your area of study right away, don’t stress about it. It’s going to take a while. In the meantime, take a job doing something else you love. It’s not giving up and it’s not settling. You’ll have time to travel, volunteer, and figure out what your next steps are.

Graduation is an exciting time. Don’t let the challenge of finding a job in this tough economy put a downer on your celebrations. You made it through four years of brain boggling math lectures, huge research papers, hand-cramping notes, late night study sessions, and back to back finals. Enjoy the fact that it’s over (at least for those of you not pursuing grad school) and get excited for what lies ahead. We all have the potential in us to do great things. Now it’s about reaching out for those opportunities and pushing ourselves to our limits.

Group of College Graduates Throwing Up Caps

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Congrats!

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Graduation Checklist

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Time is passing very quickly in these last weeks of the semester and this college year is almost over. For seniors, crunch time is now. Between finals, papers, presentations, and finishing up classes – there is a lot on our plates! Unfortunately, these things are not the only things you have to worry about before finishing up your college career. All schools are different, but my university has certain requirements that I am sure most other schools hold up to as well. Here are some last minute things to make sure to finish in order to graduate on time!

1. Apply

You have to APPLY to graduate. The school won’t automatically know if you are graduating or not until you put in an application. Your credits have to be checked and you will be notified if you pass initial examination. At this point in time, almost everyone should have already completed this step. You also have to apply for the graduation ceremony. You have to notify the school that you will be attending the ceremony and how you want your name spelled on your diploma.

Graduation Application Online Form

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2. Pay All Dues

Make sure you have no holds on your account. Check your financial status once again and even if you owe only $1.25, your account will be frozen and you will not be allowed to graduate until it is cleared.

Hands Up Everyone Pay Their Dues

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3. Loan Counseling

I am not sure if this is universal for each university, but we are required to complete “Exit Counseling” for our loans. We go online and learn how to responsibly deal with loans after graduation. This is another thing that can prevent you from graduating if not completed.

Student Graduate Debt Holding Piggy Bank

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4. Pass Your Classes

This may seem basic, but unfortunately it is very common for most courses to hold about 50% of a student’s final grade within the last couple of weeks of classes. Presentations, exams, papers are all weighed more heavily this time of year – so don’t take these assignments lightly! Do poorly on one, and your whole overall grade can suffer and could potentially set you back from passing.

Students In Classroom Group Sitting

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Although you need to take all of these things seriously, do not stress about them! Make sure they all get completed on time but also make sure you are enjoying your last couple of weeks at college. Make some lasting memories and have fun!

Good Luck Graduates!

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The Home-Stretch of Spring Semester

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We are in the home stretch! School is almost out! At first it seems like a cinch and we think it will fly by. But then, the temperature outside hits 70 degrees and all of a sudden those last couple of weeks seem like eternity. This is the time when most of us find it really difficult to make it to class and really easy to go out and enjoy the long-awaited sunshine. Resist these temptations!

Students Outside Playing Frisbee In The Spring Sunshine

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These last two months are still important! Think about all the projects you have due at the end of the semester and the finals coming up in May that have a huge impact on your final grade. Unfortunately, almost half of your grade for most classes is from the last month. This is no time to start slacking off!

Female Student Outside Reading A Book In The Spring

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The important thing to keep in mind is that it will be over before you know it. So buckle down and remember classes are still in session. To keep your head in the game, take a walk with some friends in between classes, bring your books outside and study there, or eat your lunch on a bench outdoors. This way, you still get to enjoy the nice weather and soak up your Vitamin D without cutting class and slacking off in your studies. Also, enjoy your time off. If you have fun in your free time, then you won’t feel so motivated to blow off classes to have some fun.

Male Student Outside Studying In The Grass

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There will be many distractions in the next two months but you just have to push through it and summer will be here before you know it!  Keep motivated!

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5 Things To Wrap Up The School Year

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t time fly by quickly? It seems like just yesterday we were buying our textbooks to get ready for the first day of school, and now we only have one term left! You may be busy with classes and studying, but don’t get so busy that you forget to do these five things before the end of the school year:

1. Connect

Not with friends, but with your professors! You’re going to want to establish and maintain a relationship with them before parting. Letters of recommendation may be needed for any internship or job you want to apply for over the summer, or if you’re graduating. (This is why it’s helpful to introduce yourself to your professors before the start of the term.)

College Professor Teacher Connection

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2. Link Up

On LinkedIn! Sure, you’ve heard your classmates and professors talk about this site, but is it really helpful? Turns out, 93 percent of job recruiters look to LinkedIn for their next employee. This is a growing trend for future employment. Connect with professors, classmates, co-workers, and other business professionals. Just remember that LinkedIn has a different purpose than Facebook.

LinkedIn Website Page

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3. Portfolio

Put it together. Why before the school year is over? A lot of universities have advanced computer programs to assist in portfolio building. Movie editing software, resume templates, etc. All will help with putting the finishing touches on your secret weapon. When you’re finished, have someone in the career center look it over.

Professional Business Portfolio Binder

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4. Stay On Track

I can’t stress enough the importance of meeting with a counselor to be sure you’re on track to graduating when you want to. Make sure the classes you’re taking count toward your degree.

College Academic Counselor

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5. Be Prepared

At the end of each term, you may feel differently about post-grad plans. Make sure that any options you are considering will still be available (ex. Peace Corp, AmeriCorp, etc.), and that you will be a qualified candidate. Some programs only take young adults up to a certain age, or require you to have a specific degree or course experience. Consider following the programs you’re interested in via Twitter or Facebook – that way, if any changes are made, you’ll know right away.

Girl Outside On Laptop Doing Research

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Have any other tips for finishing the year on a positive note? Let us know in the comments!

Good luck with the rest of the term!

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