Congrats Grad, Now What?
B:y Marissa Rivera
Since I was a little girl I’ve found Dr. Seuss’ books inspirational. I used to read them underneath my favorite mango tree on our farm in Puerto Rico (oh, the memories). For my grade school graduation, my mom gifted me Oh, The Places You’ll Go! I remember reading it and enjoying the summer breeze and that’s about it. As silly as that may sound, it wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I discovered the true magic of this book. I was sitting in what would be my last language arts class. My teacher, Ms. Reiker, wished us all a farewell and sat down to read 20-something nervous, enthusiastic high school seniors Oh, The Places You’ll Go! It was then when these words were forever with me:
“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
You can attribute 98 and ¾ percent of my success in the past four years at UCF to this quote, but now what? This quote doesn’t ease all the questions that are running through my post-college grad brain. In search of some answers I reached out to Joan McCain, Instructor & Ad-PR Area Coordinator.
Are the odds in my favor while playing the job-hunt game?
“Don’t go into your job search from a negative place. It is a strong job market for recent college graduates. Anyone who wants to find a job, and is willing to put the time into finding one, will get one.”
Should I focus my job search on finding the right company?
“Don’t limit yourself to ‘working for a company I truly believe in’ (as I hear countless times). Companies are not people, and they don’t love you back. Believe in doing a good job and you will be happy no matter where you work.”
How can I land the job of my dreams?
“What will really put you on the fast track to getting promoted, making more money, getting to your dream job is hard work. Talent only gets you so far. Hard work is the great equal opportunity equalizer because anyone can work hard.”