Most useful tips on graduate job search in technology or science

Career Advice
09 October 2017 | Career Advice | Guest Author

There are so many times in our lives when we are stuck in a certain situation. We do not know how to get out of it. We might try our best, and still fail. I get that. I was a broke college student who had a very hard time finding a job after graduating. I failed badly, but got up and went further. My story is not the focus here though. The point I’m trying to make is: I know why you are here. I know why you are reading this article. You are simply trying to find a job after college (or grad school), and you can’t. You are confused and probably have no idea how you shall approach this.

Well, that’s when I step in, and convince you that a job is easy to find once you accept that you might lose it. I will try to help you as much as possible. I made mistakes and learned from them, so I want to share with you this knowledge that I wish I had back in the days. There is no better way to improve the world than helping the people around you.

Enough with sophisticated introductions. Let’s get straight to business. Take a look at the three most relevant things I have on my advice list. If there is anything you want to add, don’t hesitate to leave a comment! I highly appreciate both positive and negative feedback. Also, your peers might appreciate it too, so start helping them today. Step by step we make the world a better place, right?

1. Experience while in school

So many students believe that school is just for studying and partying with the frat boys. Wake up, it’s not! School actually gives you so many opportunities to get involved in the community. In my university, whenever I would go to the WORLD Department (the department for studying abroad), they would always ask me: do you want to try this or that, do you want to go here and there? I eventually ended up going to China and it was an extremely useful decision towards my future. In China, I took an internship and worked for a well-known company. I was a Computer Science major, so they thought a native English speaker knowing IT would bring them lots of advantages. I also worked on Sales, since I am good with people. At the end, so many employers and employees gave me their business cards, asking me to contact them if I ever want to work there! Guess where I am working now.

Remember, college is not only for partying. You should consider experiencing different activities as much as you can. While experiencing, you will meet people that will actually change your life. Connecting with helpful, powerful people is always an advantage. Stay in school, and stay involved!

2. Research beforehand

If you leave everything to the last minute, you will find yourself overwhelmed by too many tasks. Take them step by step. Party as a freshman, think about your goals as a sophomore (and make sure you truly want that!), research while junior, and party again as a senior – while, of course, keeping track of your senior research!

What I am trying to underline here is that we are scientists, and we need to think like scientists. Researching is what we do best, and it should not be only related to our areas of study. During your third year, after you have already figured out your target, start researching on jobs you might find interesting. Be prepared for whatever comes next. If you already graduated and didn’t research at all beforehand, don’t freak out… take a deep breath, and think about your options. The best one is to keep going, but only after you feel determined and ready! Take two weeks off, surf, skydive, dance, travel… do whatever. And then come back at your desk and research. But this time, do it for good.

3. Basic advice: Don’t give up

I want to begin this extremely relevant point by quoting one of my favorite CEOs of all time, Armando C. Becker: “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.” I like it because it’s so short, and yet, so powerful. Armando is the perfect example of a successful person. He never gave up, even when he had to sleep in New York’s subways for weeks after graduating. He had no shelter, and no money, but a lot of potential. Nobody could see it though. He was an introvert, so whenever he went to his interviews, he started to freak out and act unnaturally, giving the interviewer the wrong impression about him.

Armando’s story is my favorite one to tell because he is a scientist, like we are. Even though he is smart, he did not get anywhere at first because of his behavior. And that happens to us too… so, so many times! We are afraid that we might fail, yet failing to accept our failure is what makes us fail in the first place.

Now, years later, Armando owns Gnomeworld, a huge company in Illinois, making thousands of dollars per month. His niche is online gaming.

Never-ever give up! It might be tough, it might be challenging, it might hurt.... but you’ll get there! I so much trust you.

Final words

Remember that you didn’t come this far to only come this far. Your life is full of meaning, and your meaningful actions will take you further. So don’t forget to utilize all your school resources, research everything you need to know beforehand, and not give up! (which pretty much sums up everything). You are intelligent, driven, and passionate about your work. Prove it by always staying prepared! And please, remember this one too: even if things are not going well at this point in your life, your meaningful plans are still part of your being. So take a break if you need to, but then take the action that solves that issue! Keep your head high and your plans unbreakable!

Sarah is a member of the team, which is in charge of content creation and website maintenance. Also she uses her in-depth knowledge of commercial legal matter, commercial off-the-shelf systems, marketing and engineering in business consulting for young entrepreneurs. Sarah’s Twitter is @sarah__loise

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