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Battling Post-Grad Depression

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I graduated from college at the end of last summer, and while I’m excited to be done, there can be a lot of worries that come with being done with classes forever.

Along with combating a little post-grad depression, it is a lot of work hunting for a job that satisfies my personal career goals. While I knew I was taking a gamble majoring in journalism (a rocky field in our current economic state), I didn’t prepare myself for the job of finding a job! No matter what state of mind you’re in, I have a few tips that will help you stay positive post-grad:

1. Keep Busy

My mom helped remind me that staying busy and doing other things around the house or with friends would make me feel productive while I look for a full-time job in my desired field. So even when I feel like I’m doing nothing but using up my computer battery job-hunting, I know I’ve been helpful elsewhere.

2. Talk About It

Instead of keeping all my feelings and frustrations to myself, it’s been a nice outlet talking to friends and family about my life and the struggles I’m facing. They usually have great ideas, and even if they can’t suggest something helpful, they know what I’m going through and I have a weight off my chest.

3. This Is Only Temporary

Nothing lasts forever, including the depression you feel after graduation. Remind yourself every day of this and things won’t seem so hopeless.

4. You Are Not Alone

You’re not the only one having problems. A lot of students are finding themselves with post-grad issues. Find a website, find fellow grads, and talk to fellow friends. Hook up and discuss what you’re dealing with, then your problems won’t seem so big when you realize you are not alone.

5. Look For Inspiration

Sometimes it can be helpful finding another person who has your dream job and reading about what struggles they faced getting to that position. Follow in their footsteps, get some ideas, and try contacting them for advice. Maybe you could try job shadowing them if possible so you can get a little hands on experience and get a foot in the door!

Are you experiencing any post-grad woes?

Share with us in the comments and let us know how you handle them.

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Sketchy Internships

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Loni Gibson Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It is hard to believe that the fall semester is winding down and before you know it will time to start applying for spring and summer internships. Having an internship helps shape your experience and can seriously impact what you do in your career. Internships are a chance for students to break into their interested field to gain work experience and to see if it is the right fit. Unfortunately, sometimes students can get tricked into the wrong internship. Here are three things to look out for when applying:

1. The “Ballin’” Internship

If you have come across an internship that is highlighting how much money you could make, you might want to reconsider it. More than likely, the internship is commission based and probably doesn’t have a base salary, meaning you could actually make nothing. These internships usually come from companies that are not totally established and are looking to entice anyone to join while not really considering how to help interns gain valuable work experience.

2. The “Pay To Work” Internship

There are several internship programs that guarantee work placement with an added fee; few of them are actually legit. Does it even sound plausible to pay for employment? Sometimes these internships can be real granted if you are using work equipment or the company needs to pay off any charges that you might acquire as an extra employee. Just be cautious of this and do not pay anything until you know this is secure.

3. The “You’re Not Really Employed, But You’re Working” Internship

So, you finally land the internship – congrats! But, they don’t acknowledge you are an employee or give you the terms of employment. You have an estimate of how long you’ll be working for them, but don’t have a contract. If you don’t have a contract, you’re not legally employed. Without legal employment, you will not have proven record that you worked there and then no recommendation for a future employer. Along with a contract you should also receive documentation about pay, company policies, and rules. In order to have rights as an intern, you must have documentation of employment. Make sure you ask for it if it isn’t given to you.

Internships are a great way to get a step into what you want to pursue, just make sure you only follow through with positions that are not questionable. Take this time to learn what you can and get the most experience possible to add it to your resume so that you have the best chance of landing that job!

Happy searching!

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3 Reasons To Go Greek

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Greek organizations in college campuses across the nation are recruit new members at the beginning of each year. Each one recruits differently either through formal “rush” events or just by getting to know new people and inviting them to hang out at the house. Here are three reasons why you should go Greek:

1. Connections

The more friends you have in college, the better the experience will ultimately be. Your social life is just as important as academics. Having fun and making memories is an important part of college. The connections and bonds you form now will carry over with you after school as well. Joining a Greek organization will expand your network immensely that will come in handy after graduation.

2. Academics

Having a good balance between being social and homework is key and Greek life is a great way to find that balance. While there may be a lot of fun and games, you are also required to maintain a minimum GPA (usually about a 2.5) and awards are given to those with the highest GPAs. Also many fraternities and sororities have an appointed academics chairman to help you study if you fall behind or direct you to more academic resources.

3. Resume

If you go in for a job interview and the interviewer was in a Greek organization in college, or in the same one as you, you will have a much better chance at landing that job. This is not just because you both have something in common, but also because each organization has its own values to live by and the employer will know that you have the same work ethic and values.

You can also show a lot of leadership experience if you hold an officer position. Fraternities and sororities have a president, vice president, marketing chair, recruitment chair, financial chair, etc. There are also weekly formal meetings used to plan out activities or discuss possible issues.

Aside from all of the above reasons, just do it for the memories. You will form bonds that can’t be broken and memories that are unforgettable. My fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, helped me figure out what I want to do and how I want to accomplish it. It also helped me mature into a responsible young man with my head on straight. Joining the right Greek organization can make or break your college experience and will give you a perspective and experience unlike any other.

Are you (or have you been) a part of a Greek organization? Which one?

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Career Advice: Cleaning Up Your Online Profiles

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

You may still be waiting on that dream job offer, but there are some things you can take care of right now to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light, starting with your social media presence.

A lot of us typically do not think about what we post as our status updates on our social networks. We don’t think about who might see it or how it could be taken, whether or not our profile is “private” or “public.” It’s important that we start paying attention to these things. Anyone, including potential employers and internship coordinators, has the ability to view our profiles – so make sure you are presenting yourself professionally.

To give you an idea how to clean up your profiles, here are things you should avoid posting:

1. Relationship Problems

Social media is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Invest in a handwritten journal or vent to friends and family in person instead of publically posting relationship drama.

2. Work Troubles

Upset because of the hours you’re working or not working? Get into an argument with a coworker? Keep it to yourself. Ranting online about employees, customers, or your boss can cost you your current job and prevent you from future ones.

3. Legal Issues

Arguing with your landlord, custody issues, court dates, or suing someone are all private matters that should not be shared. No one wants to get involved with someone who is involved with legal issues, especially a future employer.

4. Alcohol

One celebration because of a job offer or graduation is okay. Don’t be continuously posting pictures or statuses of alcohol consumption – especially if you are not legally of age! Even if you are over 21, employers aren’t looking for the biggest partier as their new hire.

5. Trashy Photos

Too often, my newsfeed is littered with friends posting batches of photos from their wild weekend at the bars or at parties with friends. Almost 100% of the time, they are inappropriate. This falls under the alcohol category but also applies to drug use, sexual activity, vandalism, and other controversial acts.

A good way to approach your networks is to ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would this update or photo negatively influence my hiring decision?” If the answer is yes, don’t post it. Remember you are trying to present yourself in the best way. Think branding. It’s not just for companies anymore, but also about your own self-image.

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Getting That Career In Gear

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The summer is the perfect time to relax and take a few deep breaths, but it is also the perfect time to take some serious steps towards your future.  With the help of professors from the University of Iowa, I have put together this list of summer “Career Must Do’s” that will put you at the front of the pack.

1. Make Business Cards

It may sound silly, but do it. Having a business card on you at all times with your name, a way to contact you, and the college you are attending is a great way to seal a connection. Whoever you give this card to will be impressed with how prepared you are and start considering how they can utilize a person with these skills. Visit vistaprint.com to make your cards for free, just pay shipping!

2. Create A Timeline

Having goals is a start, but just having the idea is not enough. Sit down with a calendar and a list of goals you want to achieve and give yourself a deadline. Deadlines can be daunting, so give yourself a few rewards along the way for completing the steps, like a weekend road trip or a manicure.  When you are done, tell people! If you can show future employers that you made a plan and successfully followed through, that is an asset that will make you stand out.

3. Learn A New Skill

Show that you are well rounded! Learn how to play a new sport or speak a new language. Future employers want to know that you can work hard and still have a good time. A new skill, such as a new language, can even help you in getting a job!

4. Work On Your Confidence

This may be the most important thing you do this summer. Start creating a sense of confidence within yourself. If you do not believe you can do it, they are not going to believe it either. Just make sure you draw the line between confident and cocky. Confident sends a good message. Cocky sends you out the door.

These are tried and true tips that are guaranteed to get you noticed and put you at the front of the pack. A big thanks to the professors at the University of Iowa who shared their advice!

Have any tips you feel are worth sharing?? Let us know!

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