Stuck in a state of pre-grad purgatoryApril 6, 2010 at 5:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Tags: Columbus, graduation, Internships, networking, PR, public relations
Posted by: Rebecca
Six weeks from now, I’ll walk down the aisle.
No, I won’t be walking toward my prince charming in a fancy cathedral (although my boyfriend did try to pull an April Fool’s joke by changing his Facebook relationship status to “engaged.” That’s a whole other story.)
I’ll be walking toward the stage at Kent State’s MAC Center, shaking hands with administration and taking hold of my college diploma.
As discussed in an earlier post, I am a self-proclaimed plan-a-holic. I picked my college major when I was a junior in high school- and stuck with it. I scribble to-do lists on Post-It notes. I plan my schedule weeks in advance. I create lists like it’s my job. I make big plans for my life and the adventures ahead.
But here I am, six weeks away from my degree, stuck in a state of pre-graduation purgatory. Planning is banned in this middle ground. I know what I want to do and where I want to be: I’m just waiting for the right opportunity to come my way so I can move forward and plan the next step.
As I patiently wait to see what graduation will bring by exploring job and internship opportunities, I’ve participated in several informational interviews. And although I haven’t landed a post-grad job quite yet, I’d like to share two lessons I’ve learned in this stressful, exciting journey:
Lesson No. 1: It’s a small word, after all.
A public relations professional once told me to never burn bridges, as “everyone knows everyone” in public relations.
I didn’t believe it at the time, but it’s so true. I’ve met PR professionals in Columbus with varying careers and personal lives, yet they all seem to know each other.
This sense of “community” is a job seeker’s best asset. I know the connections I’m making now will come in handy when the right position pops up. I’m sure someone will know someone who knows I’m looking for a job in Columbus!
Lesson No. 2: Internships count.
If you’re an upper-division PR student who hasn’t completed an internship, go find one.
Internships give you a chance to prove yourself in the real world, make connections and gain the experience you’ll need to differentiate yourself from the competition.
I feel so blessed to say I completed three internships before my college graduation. I love talking about my internship experiences with mentors and potential employers, and I am confident that these experiences will benefit my job search. Sure: Internships made me miss many “college” experiences, like sleeping in until 11 a.m., enjoying lunch dates with friends and watching TV all day. Waking up at 6 a.m. every day was difficult, but I know my early morning wake-up calls and 9-hour days will pay off in the long run.
If you’re also stuck in pre-graduation purgatory (aka searching for a job,) I’d love to chat. What did you learn thus far?