Employers are looking at new graduates, especially from college, for being young and open to change and new experiences, and awareness of technology that surpasses any other employable group. New graduates will have taken courses in computer programming. such as Java or classes in computer software, like Microsoft Word 2014. They will know social media, the means where companies currently market. They will be aware of I-pads, the latest smartphones and its applications. Still more will know how to use the latest digital camera equipment to make photos or videos from home. However, until they receive a job where they can showcase their abilities, employers won’t see this group, and students themselves may not be aware of how this knowledge can help them.
1. Consider new careers. These are careers that have brand new job titles and new job fields. Here are some of the titles that can be found on The Occupational Outlook, www.bls.gov/ : financial/information clerks, recreation workers, skincare specialists, gaming surveillance officers, floral designers, library technicians, glaziers, solar photo-voltaire installers, exercise physiologists, forensic science technicians, arbitrators, health information technicians, genetic counselors, computer network architects, cost estimators, logiticians, radiation therapists, job analysis specialists and agriculture and food science technicians. These titles may seem like they are geared to someone with years of experience or education, but that isn’t necessarily true. These jobs are looking for specific terms of education and skills that some students may already possess.For instance, high school seniors who are considering nursing can qualify for visiting the elderly in their homes (self-employment) without a bachelors degree. Or, the job may be obtainable in the near future, with the addition of new skills or specific classes or with a two or four year degree.
2. Take time to discover new talents. You may have taken piano lessons your entire life, but wanted to go to school for education or psychology. It’s time to hone in on those talents, and come up with a specific job or business. Computer techies can help businesses with graphics or internet marketing. Those in physical fitness or those who are cooks can become nutritionists or exercise physiologists, or can work with youth in summer programs.
3. Intern or volunteer. Some volunteers get paid a salary, and some internships will not and vice -versa. If you can’t get paid financially, you can gain valuable experience. It’s no longer necessary to intern in a field you plan to go to college for, or for a degree you are majoring in or have already received. Internships can be eperimentations for jobs that you have a passion for, or a talent or other career options that you have considered.
Use every day to discover something new about yourself, your career, or any future goals. Do your research online or at the library. Take classes that are for your personal interests, as much as for your educational ones.
Resources for local graduates:
The Unemployment Commission
www.internships.com/student, a website to apply for local and national internships, cooperative education, or part-time or full-time employment
www.elance.com, a website for free-lance paid work opportunities.
Pathways, a resource for education and employment in the City of Petersburg.