GUEST POST: Graduated and without a Job? Navigating your Job Search after College

10 04 2012

This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities advice.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id:

There’s often nothing scarier than graduating from college and having no idea what you’re going to do with your life. After all, you may have been told that this is precisely what college is for—to prepare you for a future rewarding career. While this can be true, the real purpose of college, in my mind at least, is to develop the ability to think critically about any given topic. This will prepare you for the work that you eventually do, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean you’ll know your exact career path once you get your diploma. If you find yourself jobless upon graduation, here are a few tips for discovering your career path, based on my experiences being unemployed when I first graduated.

  • Search your alumni database for potential job leads.

This, in my experience, has historically been the greatest untapped resource in terms of securing future employment. Of course, contacting alumni won’t directly get you a job, but it can help you figure out what you want to do with the help of people who were once in your position at the same school and now have succeeded. Find alumni in your area who are pursuing careers you are considering, and ask to meet with them for lunch.

  • Don’t necessarily take the first job you get, but don’t be too picky either.

When you’re looking for your first job, there will be long periods of time with no response from any applications, and then you may hit a spell when you’re getting interview after interview. It’s best to seek a middle ground between holding out for that dream job (which, for most people, doesn’t happen until years later) and taking the very first thing that’s offered to you. Accept a job that you feel you can conceivably excel at and a company whose culture you mesh well with.

  • Consider seeing a career counselor.

Many recent graduates will finish schooling having absolutely no idea what they want to do with their lives. If this is the case for you, it may be beneficial to visit a career counselor, who can help you access your strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits to determine which type of career you would do well in and would enjoy. For more information about what a career counselor does, check out this page on the Princeton Review website.

  • Network, network, network.

Most good entry-level jobs you will not find on job boards or classifieds sections of newspapers. You’ll have to get more creative with your job search. The most important aspect of finding a good job is getting one through someone you know. As such, widening the scope of “people you know”—also known by its cruder name, networking—is absolutely essential. You can do this by joining different young professionals groups in your area, attending conferences in your target industry, or merely doing something you enjoy—like participating in informal adult sports leagues—that requires group participation with strangers.

Finding a job in this economy, of course, is no easy task. But if you keep being persistent, you’ll an excellent first job eventually. Good luck!



6 02 2012

 It came, we concurred and it STUCK! 16th January 2012 was a day of reckoning for me and all those that celebrated with me my Graduation from College. It was the best culmination of 3 years of hard work and dedication.

It all started at 6am when i woke up to prepare for the unexpectedly great day. We drove to the University freedom square with my parents where the function was to take place. Like all other graduation days, the trip to freedom square was slow but enjoyable despite the traffic.

By 9am, i was already seated in the Graduates tent at freedom square just in time for the function as the Chancellor and his procession had just got in. The function started with award of PhD’s for the several candidates followed by Master Degree awards and finally Bachelors and Diploma’s.

I waited patiently in our tent for my name to be read and when it was finally read, it was all smiles and joy for me and all my fellow graduates as we raised our Graduant Hats up high for every one to see.

After my name was read, i left freedom square with my classmates and took our final class picture that would seal our journey together for last 3yrs in our memories forever. We were all jolly and looking good on this memorable day whose journey started on the same grounds during our fresher orientation 3 years ago.

My Classmates

At home everyone was waiting congratulate me.  Aunts, Uncles, cousins, Grand parents, Parents, Brothers, Sisters and Friends all made it to my big day and shared a very special luncheon with me to celebrate this big day.

Besides the celebrations, I also got to meet relatives I had no met in years. Uncles, Aunts and Cousins i last saw when i was a child all showed up on my day. It was emotional for me and I am so glad they came to celebrate with me.

16th January 2012 is day never to be forgotten for me.

Let me take this opportunity to thank my parents for facilitating my education and ensuring that they educate me to this stage and “I won’t disappoint them“. I also thank my siblings for all the support they gave me. Great thanks go out to all my relatives and friends that supported me and to those who came to witness my graduation. Finally, I would like to thank YOU the readers of this blog for all the loyalty, reading and various kinds of support you gave me.

It’s been an HONOUR for me to reach this great mile storm and I AM GOING TO ACHIEVE MORE.

At the time of posting, i am working as a Volunteer Biologist in aWildlifePark as you can read some of the previous posts. So i guess my career as a Biologist is just getting stated.

My future plans are to advance my career as a Biologist through getting hands on field experience and later going for further education for MSc and PhD. THE JOURNEY JUST GOT STARTED.


Before i sign off i would like to share somethings with you…..

This is my Transcript (I had to black out lots of sections in order to protect myself and for privacy concerns).

Your the Judge.

Finally, i would like to share the following songs with these special people…

Going out to all my Classmates and Fellow Graduants ……

Friends for Forever (Graduation Song) – Vitamin C

Going out to all the Mysterious Girls……..

Mysterious Girls – Peter Andre

Going out to all you all of you Guys and everyone that played a part in my achievement,,

Thank you -DIDO


Joash Mabs (BSc Biochemistry & Zoology)


15 01 2012

It’s just a few away from Graduation Day and all is now set for the big day. In the 3 days since i returned from the park, i have been running up and down making sure all is all set and  no mikstakes to be made.

So far i have already processed my invitation cards, gown, booklet and most importantly my transcript. I was surprised when i got my transcript since it takes a long time for most people to get theirs but i guess it was my lucky day.

Now armed with my Transcript i can fairly compete for jobs since it’s one of the requirements. I’ll take it with me to the park and try landing a job there.

All i am left with regarding graduatiuon is attending the Ceremony on Monday, 16th January 2012 then i get a Certificate after. I am planning on taking lots of pictures so expect quite a number of them by the end of the week.

For now i have to go and finish with preparations………. XOXO

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11 01 2012

It’s 5 days to the big day. The day i’ve been looking forward to since i was admitted into college over 3 years ago. The Day of my Graduation.

It’s not been easy to get to this day, as you can read in the previous posts here, College has been very tiring for me. But i gladly finished it without repeating a course so i am proud of myself.

I am now doing Volunteer work in at a Wildlife Park in a field that i love a lot (Conservation) and it’s not the boring office work that everyone yarns for, i am doing loads and loads of field work.

I have come this far and i know i can achieve more through my commitment and patience. I hope Graduation Day will not mark the start of of dark future but a start of life of opportunities and loads of decision making. Whatever happens, i am going to succeed no matter what.

D Day is Monday 16th January 2012. I will post as many pictures as i can. Till that day, Stay Safe…


10 08 2011


It’s been long since my last post, but i wasn’t just as idle as the blog. I am currently battling with thoughts of what i am going to do next after graduation in January 2012.

Ideally i would be expected to get a job and start working. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Getting a job is a tough thing, if your not lucky to scoop up opportunities in some private pharmaceutical companies that don’t require working  experience, you must have connections to “big guys” mostly in government that can get you onto some job offers.

Unfortunately i have none of the above so far so i have to do it the hard way. I have to do couple of internship and lots of volunteering (working for free) in order to get at least 1 years experience or more that most employers require. That means for next 1 or 2 years i have to work for free before i can get a chance of being employed. Kinda sucks!!

Lucky for me is that i have a pending MSc fellowship (thanks to my undergraduate Zoology supervisor) but i need to have my undergraduate degree transcripts before i can take it up. The transcripts will be due in November this year so till then i have to wait. I have sent in a couple of applications for internships so i am expecting calls from some of them by the end of the month.

The next  year or so is going to be crucial in what i do in the years to come. For now it looks like i am headed for further studies (MSc) and before that i will be doing internship to build up my work experience.

That’s what next for me. Till my next post, stay safe and do good.

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17 01 2011


17th – 21st January 2011 is Graduation week at College and it’s the 61st Graduation ceremony.

By the end of the week, over 13,000 graduates will have graduated from various programmes at undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels.

Graduates from my program (BSc) will get their degress on Monday, 17th January 2011. They will graduate with their collegues from engineering and health disciplines.

This graduation is the last graduation before mine next year (January 2012) and i am obviously looking forward to it each day.

That’s going to be the 62nd Graduation ceremony.

Graduation Week

20 01 2010

It’s Graduation Week at My University this week. It’s going to last till Friday and this Graduation is unique because for the first time ever, transcripts will be issued on the day of Graduation.

In the past, transcripts were issued after 1 year or more but now it’s going to be immediately after graduation.

So it means that after graduating I can use my Transcripts to look for Jobs immediately. I would love to get job before graduation but it’s quite hard to land on a good one.

If everything goes well, I am graduating in January 2012 and looking forward to it.

See what i am upto

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