Strategies for Coping with Post-Graduation Unemployment


Guest post by Lauren Bailey

As students in college now or recently graduated, it's likely that you've been mentally preparing for the past few years for the harsh and unforgiving economy everyone has warned you against. College students today are entering college with warnings of the dismal economy and the hugely challenging job market. In this way, they are somewhat prepared for a difficult and likely longer than expected job search. Where at one time college students left campus with a degree and essentially a job in hand, today students don't expect immediate access to jobs with just their degree in hand. While this is certainly discouraging, college graduates are learning to better prepare for the transition period between graduation and employment. This challenging time can actually become a fruitful lesson in focus, determination, and self-exploration. Consider these three activities to better utilize your post-graduation unemployment period and become a more alluring job candidate.

Volunteer Somewhere
Volunteering can be a wonderful opportunity for an individual to gain some firsthand professional experience without landing a position. It's important that you stay active and motivated during your unemployment, so that potential employers get a strong sense of your work ethic and interests. Volunteering can offer a great way to focus your energy during unemployment on something worthwhile and productive. Try to find a volunteering position that relates in some way or another to the area of work you are interested in pursuing is wise. You can make important connections with individuals currently working in that industry and gain some experience in that area as well. Today, college graduates are constantly faced with the "not enough experience" rejection line from potential employers—volunteering can be a great solution.

Consider Part-Time Work
Though part-time work may not be ideal, it can be a good option for a post-graduation unemployment period. Ideally, you can find a part-time position that in some way relates to the industry or work you are vying for. This will give you much needed experience and allow you to continue your full-time job search during your time off. If you're unable to find part-time work in the area you're truly interested in, just finding any part-time work can be good—this way you are active, you don't have large gaps on your resume, and you're able to contribute to your income. As they say, however, your job search is your job. Try not to let your part-time work interfere with applying to positions and interviewing places.

Find a Hobby
Hobbies can be very important during times of unemployment. One of the biggest issues with long periods of unemployment immediately out of school is that individuals lose confidence in their abilities and that reflects during in their interviews. Find something that you're passionate about and take to it during your unemployment. If it's something that can contribute to your skills or knowledge for the job you're trying to obtain, great. But, a hobby in and of itself is also good. Keep yourself occupied, active, and passionate about things. Staying busy and productive is the best way to keep the doubts and dismay about being unemployed at bay.

Lauren Bailey is an education freelance blogger and writer. She loves discussing all things education, writing, and health. As an education writer, she works to provide helpful information on the best online colleges and courses and welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren 99 @gmail.com.

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