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A job is just a job. You are coming in as an entry level and you need to know and expect that. Make sure you are choosing your job for the right reason. While money is fun to spend, if you are working so much you have no time to spend it, what is the point? Also, location, location, location! I relocated to Colorado, where I knew no one. While it was a great experience, eventually you have to make sure you like the city you are living in. . . . Trust me. If not, a month can feel like a year. Jessica Rosenbloom '02 M.B.A. student, Ross School of Business/University of MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.
Move to the place you want, then worry about finding a job. . . . Temp work can buy you time to really look for a meaningful job once you're settled in a new city/place. Emily Goodyear '05 Publications writer, Brigham and Women's HospitalBrookline, Mass.
I actually came to New York to be in publishing and so my advice comes from my struggle to break into that industry. First, DO INTERNSHIPS. And do them while you are IN COLLEGE. I finally decided to do an internship for Jan Plan as a senior and it just wasn't enough. . . . You gain work experience and, most importantly, you get contacts. One more thing. If you decide not to do some sort of program I would suggest going STRAIGHT HOME. Your parents, regardless of how you may feel about them, are generally a wonderful resource. Casey McCarthy '05 Production Assistant/Archivist Davasee, Enterprises/Jeff Rosen New York, N.Y.
Stay in school! It is very difficult to find a job
that allows midday naps!
Amelia Confalone '04
Associate Real Estate Consultant
McCall & Almy
Anybody is lucky to get a job right out of college. I wouldn't put too much pressure on yourself to get the job you really want. The working life goes by really quickly and you'll soon have an opportunity to apply for another job. As long as you learn something at your first job, it will help. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to find work I would love. It's not as easy as it sounds. . . . Really search your head for all the skills you've learned along the way. Exhibit a willingness to learn. Don't counter the company culture, try to learn things their way. Jared Berezin '04Marketing SpecialistInternational Data CorporationBrighton, Mass.
Be flexible and don't rush your life. I strongly urge any student to take some time (a year at least) before entering any graduate or medical program to get their life and thoughts in order. In science, most researchers are looking for students with experiences beyond their liberal arts education. Many other professional sectors are moving in this direction. . . .
If after exploring a bit (through internships, shadowing, or work) you find your previous goal of being a world-class surgeon or economist isn't what it's cracked up to be, embrace the change of heart and move in another direction. Jennifer Bishop '02Ph.D. candidateDepartment of Miccrobiology and ImmunologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, B.C.
I wish that I knew (or I knew because my professors in the Spanish Department told me, but I wish I had listened) that the Peace Corps is a great option, that grad school right after Colby is not always the best choice, that doing something different (i.e. some job abroad in which you break even, etc.) is not a bad idea. To apply for a Fulbright, Rotary, or Watson is not as scary as it seems. To apply for the U.S. Department of Education fellowships for grad school before going is a SMART idea.Michelle Farrell '01Doctoral candidate and instructor Georgetown UniversityWashington, D.C.