You did it! You’re almost done with your undergraduate career, that’s an amazing accomplishment that you should be proud of. But maybe pride is not the first feeling that comes to mind when thinking about your second senior year. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or lost, just know that that’s okay and you’re not alone. Many students experience these same feelings when they think about their next steps after college. Understanding and managing your stress is the first place to start. And when you’re ready, let’s talk about some helpful steps to getting you on the way to searching and applying for jobs.
Take a deep breath.
Now take another deep breath. There are a whole number of reasons why you might be feeling particularly stressed at this moment in time. You’re about to start a completely new chapter in your life, potentially moving away from friends, and possibly comparing yourself to your peers. If you’re in your feelings, it’s probably going to be hard dedicating time to the job search. First, consider ways to manage your stress. Try talking with your friend, you might be surprised that they’re feeling the same way, or they might have some ideas on how they manage their stress. Another great resource is BU Student Health Services, they offer great workshops and group meetings touching on topics such as mindfulness, anxiety, and so many others.
Know your resources.
The job search can be overwhelming. But let’s consider breaking this down into a few manageable parts that might help jump-start the application process.
- Reflect on your college experience. What did you like learning about? What skills have you developed? What kinds of connections have you made? When thinking about your experiences critically, you can begin thinking about what you see yourself doing after college.
- Get your resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn in good shape! Getting your documents and social media in order can be a productive first step to getting you on your way. And if you’re scared because you don’t know if your resume is in a good place to be reviewed- don’t be! We’re here to help, we’re not expecting it to be perfect.
- Take a look at Handshake, look at the different jobs that are available, and see which ones you like and what are they looking for in a candidate. Just start by getting a feel for the market.
Are you ready to take some steps? That’s awesome, now schedule an appointment with a career counselor! And if you’re not, that’s okay too, as a BU alum you can utilize our services even after graduation, so come back when you can. Remember that this isn’t a sprint to get a job. It’s a marathon, and it’s important to take your time and pursue the jobs that align with your career goals and interests.
Enjoy the moment.
This is a celebratory time in your life, you’re surrounded by friends and other people that are rooting for you. Make sure that you take the time to appreciate this moment and take advantage of everything that BU and Boston have to offer.