How to Survive Graduation: Jobsearch

“I need the money, please can I have a job?” Sure, that might not be the best thing to put on your motivation letter, but quite frankly… It kind of feels like it would be the most honest thing. Sure, I want to do something useful with my life. And I want that feeling of being productive and getting money for it. But unfortunately, this blog doesn’t make me money and neither does reading books. And if we’re being totally honest? The number of jobs in journalism or teaching are limited enough that I feel like panicking will be involved. So how does one go about that, that whole jobsearch?

What job

So here’s something that scares me: the sheer number of people who complain about their job. Maybe it’s just the thing to do, complain, or maybe those people actually feel like that. Either way, I’m not really okay with the idea of getting a job I loathe.

Now, I need to be realistic as well, I know that. And it’s basically impossible to find a job and love every single aspect of it. But, come on. A job in a domain I love? Or even just with people I like? Is that really too much to ask? (Hint: according to some sources: yes.)

When you’re looking for a job, it’s really easy to just go for anything you’re even remotely qualified for. I would know, I’m keeping it as my back up plan. However, even in this day and age, when the chances of doing just one job your entire life seem even slimmer than those of me going to Hogwarts? I feel like I’m justified in being picky at first.

Choosing the particulars

Not sure what you can be picky about? Here some that I’m currently trying to figure out:

  • Full time or part time?
    Because maybe you want to combine multiple passions?
  • Work for someone, as a freelancer, or start your own business?
    There’s probably more options, but these three give me enough stress as is! Apparently, they’re all options even if you just want to be a teacher! And don’t even get me started on the whole journalism option…
  • Close to home or far away?
    Are you willing to move? Are you in a position where you can move? Do you live in an area where your expertise might be useful? Can you get to the location sufficiently easily?
  • Qualifications or options?
    Do you stay within the domain you studied for? Do you apply for any company that gives you money? Or do you follow another passion?
  • Passion or money?
    Are you willing to earn less if that means you can get a specific job? Do you have certain needs that require you to earn above a certain threshold?
  • Full on job or internship?
    Because, let’s be real – approximately three quarters of all the possible jobs? They require x years of experience. Now, that’s quite problematic because you first need a job to actually gain any experience! Megan from Lazythoughts wrote quite an interesting post on her choice to do an internship first and – even though I already did two for school – I’m definitely considering this option as well. Because, you know… How else am I going to get 5 years of experience in that very specific domain that I can only really work for in those 4 companies that all require me to have experience…

At this point, I’m undecided on half of these and stressing out over my decision on the other half, so I really need your opinions. How did you decide on all of these possibilities? Are there any others I’ve forgotten about? Do you have any general tips on what to look for in a job? Be sure to let me know below!

-Saar