Services help seniors ease anxiety about life after graduation


    Career Services staff said March is one of the busiest months in the office, largely because there is an uptick in the number of seniors focused on landing a job in time for graduation.

    A number of seniors said they are worried about the insecurity of their situations following graduation in May.

    Brittany Andrews, a senior child development major, said trying to find a job after graduation is stressful.

    Senior Bryan Williams mirrored Andrews’ concern.

    “After graduation I do have concerns for paying for loans and going to grad school,” Williams, a sports psychology major, said.

    John Thompson, executive director of Career Services, said if seniors have not already taken action at this point, they should immediately begin the process of finding a job.

    Thompson said seniors should make sure their resume is in order, form an idea about which industries they are most interested in and compile a list of companies to which they wish to apply.

    In the current job market, internships are a crucial component of being a strong entry-level candidate.

    “Today if students don’t have an internship, it’s a major problem,” Thompson said. “Companies want to know that you know how to work – they don’t want to spend money breaking you in.”

    Despite the worries of current seniors, Thompson said the majority of students have had jobs at the time of their graduation, according to surveys of the last three graduating classes.

    In the surveys given to students prior to graduation, 25 percent of the last three graduation classes went on to grad school or another program furthering their education.

    Susan Sledge, internship development manager for the Alcon Career Center, said utilizing the Frog Jobs website, speaking with a career advisor, making a LinkedIn account and networking will help ease the stress of the job search for seniors.

    “It’s momentum that you need to ease that stress. I think it’s taking that first step that sometimes hard for students,” Sledge said.

    “The real important thing is not to panic, because if you begin to panic then you start making decisions that might not be in your best interest,” Thompson said.

    Thompson and Sledge encourage students to visit Career Services to speak with advisers and help make sure students have a bright future, which may allow some students to enjoy their last semester as an undergrad.