Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Grads Delaying Job Searches

The job market is tight. No big story there. What might be different in recent years is how college grads react. Some are enticed by the lure of grad school to delay the inevitable. Some succumb to their worst case scenario—moving home with mom and dad, thus buying more time for what looks to be an extended job search. And then there are others who are deciding to opt out entirely, a group profiled in a recent Wall Street Journal article, Many Grads Delay Job Searches.

So what are grads opting for, if not the work world? Travel or volunteering appear high on the list. Something or anything to sort of ride out the unemployment storm until the return of more prosperous times. There’s a sense of just too much competition out there right now—-which there admittedly is—for way too many jobs. Conducting a job search in this economy just doesn’t seem to make sense. Why bother if it’s hopeless anyway, right?

Well, here’s the deal. Traveling and volunteering, all well and good but potentially unproductive over time. Because the job search just might be as or more challenging upon your return. So while doing one or both, sift through all those new experiences to extract developing skills and abilities which will convey meaning to future employers. Keeping the future in mind while enjoying the present will decrease the possibility of eventually returning to your childhood bedroom.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 06/07 at 10:46 AM
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