New grads and finding a career part 2

by Lisa on October 3, 2009

So, yesterday I posed the question of how much is it the school’s responsibility versus the student’s own when it comes to finding a job after graduation. If you missed the blog, click here to get the back story.

It seems the general consensus is to know what you want before you enter college, and then to take the appropriate steps after to make sure you are choosing courses that will benefit you in finding a job.  After graduation, many college students finally realize this all too late. Not to fear, according to , there are real reasons why some new grads find jobs successfully while others don’t – and it’s based on more than just luck or networking.

It comes down to two very simple things: strategy and a positive mindset. Strategy being defined as setting a goal and monitoring its progress along the way. Makes sense.  You have to know what you are looking for before you find it.  And the positive mindset? Makes double sense.  With the rough job market, positive thinking provides a cushion and helps the job seeker bounce back after being faced with rejection or failure.

This is becoming a very clear pattern that I’m seeing. Successful people think positively. My interview with April Braswell (only 2 more days until it’s reveal!) further proves this point. People who accomplish, people who succeed, people who find jobs – all these people are relentless in reaching their goal. To have that drive and ambition, it takes the ability to see a picture bigger than the one currently in front of you. On top of that, it takes the courage to believe in it.

Finding a job after graduation is no doubt difficult. Having the ability to stick it out and stay motivated, though, is a skill which will not only benefit your job search, but also your path to success.

Do you agree or disagree? Why/Why not?  When you face rejection or failure, what do you do to bounce back?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa McLellan October 3, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I think finding a job after graduation is completely up to the student.. Having the school help is an added benefit, not their responsibility.

Lisa McLellan
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Darryl Pace October 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Hi, Lisa! I agree with Lisa McLellan. Finding a job is the graduate’s responsibility. If the university they graduated from helps out, well that is a nice bonus.

Health, Fitness for Working People — Darryl Pace


Jose Escalante October 4, 2009 at 1:41 am

Your advice can be used in other parts of life as well

Jose Escalante


Rob Northrup October 4, 2009 at 9:05 am

You can’t reach a goal that you never thought about. The decision of what to study as a career might be the most important decision we ever make. It dictates–

* how much money we can make
* where we can live
* often, what kind of spouse we can attract
* what our daily job is
* how much satisfaction we get from work
* how safe and sound our job is (danger)
* how reliable our income is…

It needs to be thought through very carefully

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Keri Eagan October 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I’m a strategist. If ever I don’t know what to do next, I come up with a strategy and just start. Keep plugging away until it works.

Keri Eagan
Anything Alternative


Robert Martin October 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

The world changes very quickly. With that in mind, what looks like a great career when you start college maybe totally opposite in four years. The cost of education is so high. I think your invested in yourself and the college, and in return the college should invest in you, that its, help you in finding a job.

Robert Martin


Steve Chambers October 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I agree with you that being relentless in pursuit of one’s goals is key. So many people say they are trying real hard but in reality are waiting for something magical to happen.

Steve Chambers
Sales Training Speaker


Jose Escalante October 6, 2009 at 12:22 am

I also agree with you about being relentless towards you goal is important. Succeeding is not easy at all which makes picking something you love important
Jose Escalante


Scott Payne October 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

If you believe you can achieve!


Greg Dougall October 5, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I was always good GETTING jobs, but bad at KEEPING them for more than a year or two. The near future will reveal if I made the right decision…

Greg Dougall, Philanthropist-in-Training


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