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Chronicles of a Graduate: I Graduated. Now What?????

By Patty Marra, Series Guest Blogger

Once upon a fairly recent time in a land that flowed with cheese and dairy, I graduated.  I received a piece of paper that said that an institution of higher learning deemed me fit to enter what some of us referred to as “the real world.”  Following a lovely ceremony, I took that piece of paper and dove into what has been my life since: the job search.

You’re probably reading this blog post for any number of reasons. 

  1. You’re also a recent college grad in the job search process looking for some quality commiseration.
  2. You’re unemployed and looking for some new ideas.
  3. You saw that I’m the new kid on the blog-block, and wanted to figure out what I’m all about.

The Basics

Hopefully I can fulfill some of that for which each of you are looking.  I’ll start with basics.  Hi, I’m Patty.  Marquette is my alma mater, and I like the Chicago Cubs, as well as baking, reading, and being active.  I’d like even more to be employed and have some benefits. 

When I tell people that I’m a recent addition to the unemployment stats, and a new grad to boot, I get a variety of reactions.  However, most of them remind me of what people say about a break-up.  The “oh my gosh, I’m so sorry,” sentiment comes first.  Awkwardly feeling out the tension comes next.  "How did it happen?  How are you coping?"  Then the attempt at positive reinforcement:

That’s okay, I’m sure there’s something out there for you.  You have such a great….

Fill in the blank.  Background? Resume? Personality?

The truth that I had to come to terms with is that there is no reason to be ashamed of being an unemployed recent graduate.  Sure, it’s not fun to tell people you don’t have a job.  It’s not always fun to look at life as a big question mark.  However, not having a job when you graduate doesn’t mean that all of your work was null, and it does not mean you’re a bad person.

So, step one: accept yourself for who you are and where you are.  It’s hard to move forward when you don’t know where you’re standing.

About the Author

Patty MarraPatty Marra is a freshly graduated alumna of Marquette University, who is working on answering the question, “…what next?”  She is navigating the ever-evolving hiring maze of today’s business environment, and sharing the pieces of knowledge she learns along the way.  She loves social media, but appreciates a good face-to-face conversation.  Long-term, she is looking to establish a career in marketing project management, and help everyone she can along the way.  You can get in touch with her by email, or you can find more of her thoughts via her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Does this sound familiar? Are you in the same situation?  Have you been here before -- what's your advice for Patty? Please comment below.

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