What Now?: The Job Search after College

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A recent study done by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York stated approximately 41% of recent college grads work in jobs that don’t require a college degree. Upon my college graduation, due to a saturated market, I couldn’t find a teaching job. Perhaps you’re wondering, what if I can’t find a job in my field of study after college?

Fear not. Here are three tips to help you.

Work While You Wait

After applying for numerous teaching jobs without success, my dad, a personnel manager, advised me to work while I waited for a full-time teaching position. So, I began substitute teaching. Teaching various grades in different schools, gave me insight and friends I may not have received otherwise. Also, there were opportunities to demonstrate my teaching abilities. An interim position was offered. Even though it wasn’t in my field of certification, I accepted. Finally, one year after graduating from college, the experience and references I had gained opened the door to a full-time teaching position in my field of study.

Be Flexible

Finding employment requiring your college degree may be challenging. Some of my fellow graduates eventually took jobs that didn’t require a degree at all. At first, they were devastated thinking college was a waste of time and money. However, the ones who made up their minds to work hard and give their best—even if it wasn’t their initial “dream” job, eventually found themselves flourishing.

Remember, you’re not cemented into your first job after college. But, be wise. Use it as a time to build knowledge, experience, and relationships. It’s an opportunity to prove who you are. (Colossians 3:23)

Seek God

Seek God first in all things. He may have you right where you are to learn something you may not learn elsewhere. Or perhaps there is someone God wants you to meet. Your circumstances may not be what you initially envisioned, but joy, peace, and purpose can be found in Jesus wherever you are.


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