We start school at around the age of 4-years-old.
As children, we hate going to school (well most of us), and we would much rather stay at home and play all day long.
By the time we get to high school, we’re so psyched that we are in high school in freshman year. But, by sophomore year, we can’t wait to go away to college to where we don’t have our parents’ rules we’re supposed to live by.
Then, we graduate high school and head off to college for our last few years of schooling for the rest of our life.
In no time at all, those one to eight years (depending on whether you are going to college or university, and whether you want to be an office secretary or a doctor) fly by and you graduate, and then school’s out forever.
So, now that you’re all done school, the hard part’s over right?
The hard part has just begun because now that school’s all done, you have got to try and find a job in the field you are now educated in. And, you don’t have a lot of time to do it in, especially if you have to start paying back student loans in a couple of months.
But, don’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring after you’ve just dropped off a few resumes here and there because it’s not that easy.
A good way to try to get a job in your field is networking.
For those of you who don’t know what networking is, it’s when you talk to people you know and let them know that you’re looking for a job, and then ask them to ask other people they know who might know of a job, and then they ask their friends, and so on and so on.
It may sound like a stupid thing, networking, but it is very helpful and it does work.
Take me writing this blog for example.
The only reason I’m writing this blog is all because of a friend of my mom’s. You see, my mom’s friend, who knows I want to get into journalism some day, has always been keeping an ear out for any prospects of a journalism job for me. He heard from a friend of his about a possible writing opportunity for me where I could write an article for a magazine I had never heard of before (which I now know is the career options magazine).
So, he put me in contact with that friend and she had asked for some ideas for a story or stories I could write for either editions of the magazine. My ideas were approved by another person in the company, and I wrote an article.
From there, I was contacted by a third person from the company asking me if I was interested in writing this blog for the website. Obviously, I was because here I am writing to all of you out there.
Now, I know writing this blog isn’t exactly my big journalism break, but at least it’s getting my name out there and people can read samples of my writing.
It is important to keep in mind, though, that networking doesn’t always work. If that happens to be the case, and you are absolutely stuck for finding a job in your field, just try getting a job anywhere doing anything. That way, even though there is no immediate job in the field of your choice, you’re still making money in the meantime to help pay for rent, school, etc., and you’re not stuck in limbo (that place where you are all done with school, but you can’t find a job, a.k.a. limbo). And, along the way, you could meet some new friends, expand your network, and end up going down a path that you didn’t see coming.
If networking doesn’t work, try doing some kind of co-op or internship related to your field because a lot of the time, a job can spring from that. Or, try expanding your network by attending a career fair and talking to a variety of people at all the different booths, and bring some resumes with you when you go in case you come across something that interests you and you can give them your resume. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something at the career fair that you weren’t expecting to find and a great opportunity presents itself.
But, if you’re still stuck in limbo after attempting to use and expand your networks or doing a co-op or internship, don’t feel discouraged. Just keep trying and be patient. And, keep in mind that your career job is out there somewhere and it’s waiting for you.