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College Probz: No Internship, No Job, & Graduation’s Right Around The Corner: What Now?

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UFL chapter.

Ah, springtime…

A season for taking long leisurely walks around campus, a time to break out that bikini and hit up the pool, and a time to have a minor panic attack of finding either a job or internship for the summer.

Not to worry my friends because I’m going to tell you right now: there is no need to worry.

I know it can be tough to see on Facebook everyone’s posts about their super cool internship or full-time job they’ve landed, but it is important to remind yourself that your time will come. To be honest, I’m on that same boat of finding out what my next step is after graduation. My graduation date is quickly approaching, and I’ve never been more excited to get my life started. I know many people are terrified and put off this date for as long as they can, but why? What is everyone so afraid of?

I know the “adult” world can be a challenge, but isn’t that what life is all about? Before you went to high school, you were scared, weren’t you? Then, before you know it, you were running the school. Then, the next challenge was moving away to college and climbing the totem pole yet again. Now, the latest challenge of our lives is becoming an adult and graduating with a degree that will hopefully find us a job. I know things might look rough right now and that your young-adult life might be flashing before your eyes, but this is just the beginning! So what if you don’t have a job or internship lined up right after graduation? Is this the end of the world? Does this mean you will never amount to anything? Of course not! However, if you are concerned (like myself), then here are some tips on how to keep your cool during this exciting time in your life!

1). Stop and Reflect

During these weird last days of finishing up school and exams while at the same time trying to sublease your apartment and find some sort of employment, it’s important to stop and reflect. Reflect on the good times you’ve had at school, the lessons you’ve learned, and the friendships you’ve made. Go out to lunch with that group of friends that always has your back, thank that professor who made a difference in your life, or simply stop and look at the campus that was the setting of where you did some major soul searching.

2). Try Something New

No job or internship for the summer yet? No worries my friend because you know what that means: vacation! If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last 5 months studying, doing projects and doing far more extra-curricular activities than you needed with no time for fun. Now that you don’t have any time commitments just yet, it’s time to go explore the world, try out that hobby you’ve always wanted to do, or simply just relax.

3). Positivity is Key

This is something I’ve had to work on not so much physically but internally. It’s always easy to have a positive outlook on the outside, but battling with your internal conflict is a whole different monster. Just remember to keep applying to jobs/internship of your liking and putting yourself out there, and your confidence will shine through.

To my fellow graduates of 2017, congratulations on completing an important chapter in your life…this is only the beginning.


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