The Key To Finding a Job After Graduation: Networking

Senior year is not as exciting as everyone makes it out to be because there’s no definitive plan lined up for the future. This whole year friends, classmates, and professors have asked me the same question:

What are you doing with your life after college?

That is about the scariest question anyone will ask you at this point in your life. For most of your life you have it all planned out… high school and go to college. You may not know where you are going to college, but you know that you are going someone to gain more education. So, you’ve made it to Furman and you are in your final year here. What are you doing after graduation? Where do you from here?

Now what?

Networking. 

Use your resources, even if you don’t know what you want to do for your profession. With most of the informational interviews I have had, they have all said that they landed their job because of a connection and someone pulled some strings.

Ever since last November, I have been reaching out to employees of companies that work in the communications industry with jobs in digital media, marketing, agency, public relations, and sales. Whether it was someone I knew because of a connection or someone that I found through Linked In and Google, I still found their email and contacted with them. What did I have to lose? The worst that they could’ve said was, “No.”

Picking up the phone to ask someone in a profession that I admire to coffee so that I can learn more about what they do and seek advice has been my navigation source for making these connections. I would even take advantage of Furman’s resources of the connections in different cities with Furman alumni.

Because of networking and making connections, I have landed my dream job.

Don’t forget, #imyourPALauren 

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