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Career Corner: Snap Out of Your Summer Slump!

Get on the Fast Track to Finding Your Ideal Career Path

Have you just recently graduated college? Did it feel like your only option was to move back home with your parents? Perhaps you’re asking yourself “How did this happen?”.

You want to be independent but you don’t know where to start. You have no idea what career you really want to do and money is tight.

Here’s the deal: In school, students aren’t asked to think about who they are or what they want out of life. You learn about subjects, not about yourself. So many college graduates often face a crisis later on when it’s time to decide what they want to be when they grow up. And when they don’t know the answer, they can become paralyzed and end up back at home. This can create stress for you and for your whole family.
You need to tackle the issues right away, and head on. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Realize that college doesn’t provide all the answers. Few schools completely address helping a graduate find a job they love to do, write a solid resume, or develop networking skills. Go to your parents for help in finding an ideal career, or discuss with your parents the option of hiring someone who can help (for example a career coach that works with young professionals and recent college graduates).
  • Make a plan with your parents. Plan how long you are going to be at home, what your responsibilities are, and how you can make these goals your reality.
  • Remember unemployment is not an option. If you don’t have the answer immediately that’s OK. But you may need to go out and sling burgers to pay for your cell phone, transportation, and other things. That’s fine for the moment.

Hallie Crawford
Career Search for College Graduates