Today’s guest post is from, Li Chen, a NYC based blogger. She write for Vimbly, an activity booking web app where she delivers the message that experience is more valuable than possession. On a random note, she likes to watch SpongeBob when home alone. Have something to say about The Things YOU Learned? Send me a guest post at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From a full-time job hunter to a part-time retail sales associate to an intern at a startup, I had my ups and downs but luckily Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go kept me sane. To the recent grads and my competitors (Class of 2013), I’m here to share with you relevant information that my guest speaker failed to mention at my graduation ceremony:
Job hunting cost money. You are deadly wrong if you think you don’t need to spend a penny during your job hunting process. I purchased an expensive business suit with my first paycheck at a minimum wage job. Bus fares for interviews cost $40 round trip from my town to New York City. I went to approximately 3 interviews in the city, you do the math. My point? Job hunting cost money and you don’t know exactly when you’ll land a job so the money spending cycle continues.
Opportunity doesn’t knock on your door. Hitting the “submit” button is only the beginning. Is there a Meetup near your neighbor? Is your college hosting a job fair? Perhaps a face-to-face networking event is where you need to be to boost your chance of landing an interview because that’s what your peers are doing. You have to fight for what you want because no one is going to offer you anything without any effort from your end.
Do what you have to do to please your parents. Unless you are getting married to someone rich who’s willing to support you, your main financial support is your parents. I tried to please my mom by doing chores while at home because I couldn’t afford to be on her bad side. I also kissed my move out plan goodbye because I know it’s not going to happen without a savings account.
Failure to plan is a plan to fail. It’s okay to take a non-major related job after graduation to help support yourself but you must have a plan. What do you want to do? Don’t say you don’t know because you do. Start by listing what you don’t want to do. If you are a visual learner like me, write down your goals. I promise you, you won’t lose an arm if you don’t achieve your goals but I do guarantee that you’ll continue to live in the dark without a plan.