Starting my new job tomorrow! I graduated this past spring with my BS in Mechanical Engineering. Did not have any internships and had a 2.8 GPA so I knew it was going to be an uphill battle to land a full-time job. I've filled out 180 online applications and had 4 interviews from my graduation in May until last week. A recruiter from Aerotek hit me up on LinkedIn and said there was an entry-level temp-to-hire opportunity that might interest me so I went ahead and gave him a call. Set up an interview with the company and got the job this past Friday. I'm on a six month contract and being paid hourly...then if they decide to direct hire me I'll get a pay bump and get put on salary.
However...it is quite a commute with traffic. It's 40 minutes without traffic, and anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half with the morning traffic. They asked me if I was okay with the commute and I explained to them that I would have to do it until I was directly hired on a permanent basis, because I can't just move out there and sign a lease with no job security after the six month contract is up. The GM said that if I am still there after two months than I'm there for good. Either way, I'm just going to go in and bust my ***, get paid, and get some experience even if it doesn't lead to a permanent position.
I also have a question, my girl moved out to California for a year of service for Americorp and she is coming back for the holidays at the end of December. I promised her before she left that I would pick her up from the airport when she came back....is it a bad idea to ask for that day off since I just got the job? Not sure how to handle the situation.
Congrats bro! I'm in almost same position as you. No experience with most of the opportunities an hour+ away, no traffic. About 50 miles. I agree with he previous posters, don't take the day off & do something for her. She'll understand bro. Again, congrats.