College Grads: What's it like after college?

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  1. yellowmustard

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    Did you have an easy time finding a job? Miss college?
     
  2. infamousod

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    stop worrying and start job searching.

    it varies so much you won't get any kind of consensus on here.
     
  3. april lee

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  4. emjay23

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    I graduated in August, still haven't found a job.
     
  5. youngcfromthad

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    More stress than you had while you were in college....
     
  6. durden7

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    personally, graduating college was the best thing that ever happened to me. post college life is better than life in college. i love being done withundergrad school.
     
  7. timelessflight

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    c/s.....took me about a yr to finally land a professional job. It was a grind though.
     
  8. 651akathepaul

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    I graduated. Took me awhile to get a job, but it isn't a career. I don't miss college, I'm good at moving on. Best advice is just to do you. Youhave no control over the economy so just do what you can and put in the work where need be and things will happen when they happen.
     
  9. jch3

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    I'm heading to Grad. School after I graduate Undergrad. in December.

    Free tuition + terrible job market = Grad. School
     
  10. jackiechizzan

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    graduated june 08, got hired in july for a full time position for a campus lab position. it was super easy for me to land the position cause i worked as anundergrad (aka dish washer) for that lab. didnt even need an application or interview....just signed on the dotted line. bought a flat screen with my firstpaycheck. [​IMG] been throwing my paychecks into my student loans. ended my college career at $12k+ and now it's at $2700. [​IMG]

    the money's good but, but the M-F 8-4 is unexciting. cant go out with the boys cause i have a hard enough time waking up already.

    and i DO miss college. i love learning, so i definitely miss that aspect of college. BUT the best part of being done with college is being done with the stressof exams. definitely dont need that in my life [​IMG]

    at the moment, im studying for the DAT's so i can get into dental school. if that doesnt work out, then im headed gonna try for masters in neuroscience orphysiology THEN try for dental school again.
     
  11. bo55diesel

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    I would figure your field would have some impact on the ease/difficulty of finding a position.

    College was a lot of fun, but I don't think I could have carried on like I did back then for much longer. I will complete my Master's program in Mayand I have lived a completely different life this time around than I did as an undergrad - no partying, sleep deprivation, etc... Eyes on the prize the wholeway!
     
  12. finnns2003

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    interesting stuff, I graduate in the summer and wondering whether grad school is a good idea or not...
     
  13. jch3

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    Good idea if:
    - You can afford it financially (Graduate Research Assistants).
    - Your area of study for undergrad will require a grad. degree at some point.
    - If a Master's (or whatever you are going for) will result in a better job/pay raise.

    Not a good idea if:
    - You have enough student loans as is.
    - Your main reason is to "avoid the real world." - I hear this one a lot.
     
  14. you go boy

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    thought it would be opposite but its true [​IMG]
     
  15. btrbean

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    Graduated in 07' from UCSB with a 2.63, didn't do anything but really hang out in colleg . . . got a non-career job administrative job at aworkers' compensation insurance company and they paid for classes towards designations in the field so I self-studied classes while working all of 08'(now that I don't live in a college town its way easier to study) and got a new real job that is specifically training me for exactley what I want to dolater on . . . In fact, this job is such good training that I passed up a job that was 2.5 less hours a week and $6,000 more grand a year in January. I'mjust happy I don't graduate in 09', the competition in the marketplace is out of control . . .
     
  16. eight2one

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    im having trouble just getting my gen ed outta the way......laziness ftl
     
  17. solemate96

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    Well, I've been bombarded with mails and calls about my student loans. I miss learning and being in a classroom but don't miss the papers. I can'tget a real decent job right now which makes it worse.
     
  18. rexanglorum

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    I graduated in 2008.

    I have been extremely lucky to have a job at my cousin's wealth management firm and even that was probably a favor that was garnered through familypolitics and the fact that he studied economics, as an undergrad, where I did. The money is decent but not what I was hoping to get and could have got if Igraduate in 2006 or 2007. I also need get a job elsewhere if I am to become a full fledged analyst and be in a position to really be someone in wealthmanagement. I am just glad that I can make some money, get some experience and be in a position to advance my career when the recovery begins.

    As far as learning is concerned, if you guys still want to do that, you can. Read journal articles and books related to your field. I am lucky that both of mymajors, Economics and History, have a wealth of knowledge that is readily available. Economics has been especially helped by the fact so many professors nowhave blogs. I seek out the more technical blogs, like the Austrian Economists. A degree is a milestone but not a declaration of perfection and it is feels goodto keep striving for that goal. I am sure that other fields have been blessed by the academic blogging movement.

    As far as the social stuff is concerned, I generally miss that life. Asher Roth's song makes me shed a tear or two. There are some things about undergradlife that I can live without and be very happy. Most aspects of life as a young professional, however, are dreadful compared to the life of smoke fillednights, beer pong laden weekends and ambition rich dreams. Social, financial and chronological constraints are the Three Furies of post college life.
     
  19. therav4

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    It's horrible.
     
  20. jdubb1914

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    Graduated in 08. Working in retail for right now. Hoping to get a real job within the next 4 months.
     
  21. nanbeezy

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    It's not peaches and cream
     
  22. gxrpx

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    Life is def much better.

    PAYCHECK >>>>>>>>>>> being poor
     
  23. lilstarz07

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    i think if you go into post-college life with the midset of "im about to make big money and get a job asap and get a m5 and be good" then you will belet down ...

    i have come to accept that my dream job is worth waiting for and for now i will stick with what i can get ... but your degree should carry you to at least anabove average salary for the job you apply to ...
     
  24. gamer chica

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    I graduate in May and have been applying to veterinary medical school.. Still waiting to hear from a few so don't know where I'll be just yet. If Idon't get in, I'm going back to my job with the USDA and applying for the next application cycle.
     
  25. finnns2003

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    Yeah I mean, money isn't an issue. I was thinking about getting my IT certifications too, I've done a couple IT internships.

    But yeah, I sort of understand the desire of 'avoiding the real world' [​IMG]