Last month, undergraduates of Indiana University celebrated their hard work and efforts for the past 4 years in a beautiful commencement ceremony at Gladstone Fieldhouse. Them, like thousands of other 20 and 30-somethings throughout the country are now entering the work force, seeking full-time employment to maximize on their skill sets, experience and hard-earned degrees.
There’s no doubt that with the effects of the economy in recent years, these undergraduates face probably one of the toughest challenges ahead of them than any courses they may have taken while in school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of last month, the national unemployment rate is 8.7% and Indiana is not much different at 8.1%.
This is a good time for graduates to weigh the pros and cons of staying in school and pursuing a post-graduate degree or trying to entering in the race for employment.
Here are just a few suggestions for the just-graduated to consider when trying to figure out the answer to the question, “What’s next?”…
- Does your field of study or desired work require post-graduate degrees?
- How much more expenses will graduate school create for you?
- Do any of your undergraduate loans require repayment right away or can they be deferred if you go onto graduate school?
- Does the post-graduate school require work experience in order to enroll in their graduate study programs?
- Seek advice with a career counselor or, better yet, try seeking out a professional in the field of work you wish to enter. Find out if you can job shadow them for the summer or work an entry-level internship position within their company.
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