The first thing a potential employer will ask in an interview whether it be on the phone, in an email or in person, “tell me about yourself,” aka what’s your experience? As seniors in our winter quarter we are beginning to search for the next step after graduation in June.
The struggle of all Public Relations majors is finding a job their qualified for.
For a lot of us it will seem like having a bachelor’s degree and experience from a part- time job throughout college just isn’t enough. A friend of mine recently graduated and is extremely frustrated because “entry-level” jobs are requiring 2 years experience. We’ve all done internships to graduate, but not 2 year long internships! How are we suppose to gain experience if nobody will give us a chance?
Internships are a weird thing and for Communications students they are almost dreaded because internships are unpaid in our industry. I didn’t know there was such thing as a paid internship until my accounting major roommate, Karli, got one paying $22 an hour and goes to training in Disney Land! Can you say lucky?
Throughout the last 4 years I’ve watched people graduate and always wonder what they’ll do post- graduation. The first “friend” I had graduate went on to stay another two years and complete Grad School. At first this seemed like the “easy” way out because it bought you more time till the real world. Another recent grad is filling her days housesitting in the greater Seattle area while she searches to lockdown her first “big kid” job.
The dreaded never-ending question of seniors is, “what’s your plan after graduation?” It’s interesting to find a lot of no experience required jobs have admin titles. No offense to all the admins out there but I’ve spent the last 7 years of my professional life as one and I want to do something else!
Soon to be graduates out there, you aren’t alone in the frustration of searching for a job you’ve spent 4 years preparing for to only find out you aren’t qualified.