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Don't Stress About What's Next

By Jordan Cady
On February 1, 2019

As of right now, there has been a lot of discussions among the Senior class as they begin their last semester here on campus. The main topic usually consists of the mini panic attacks over what the future is yet to hold. Graduation is heading our way rather quickly, which means plans for the next step of our lives needs to be put into action.


There are many options to relieve some of the pressure and get you started on your career paths. That in return will begin relieving the constant anxiety about what’s ahead. The first thing on any Senior’s to-do list is to create and perfect one’s resume. This may seem like another homework assignment on top of the work you already have, but you can’t get a job without one, so mark your resume as a priority in your endeavors this semester.

Another way is Internships, these are always a great start to a career path. Because they build experience and add to your resume. Which may stand you apart from other college students who are planning to work in the same industry as you. Internships can also be a good way to get your foot in the door somewhere. Sometimes, if you do the job well, the place you are interning at might offer you another opportunity.

You do really need to start giving your strengths a great deal of consideration, and maybe think about the jobs you could see yourself in. It never hurts to start looking at open jobs and its never too early to start applying. The hiring world can be a really quick process or a really slow one, which means why not at least try. The worst thing that is going to happen, is that you won't get the job. There is going to be a lot of rejection before acceptance, but at least it builds resilience. You will only get better and more comfortable with the application process the more you do it.

Also, don’t get discouraged by those of the Senior class who have landed a job already, they too had to start somewhere. You will get there too. Meagan Bircher, a Senior here at Plymouth State offers her advice by saying “stop worrying, everything is going to work out in the end. You will get that job that you always dreamed of, it is just going to take some time and maybe some let downs.”

Your future job is not just going to fall in your lap. You will need to put the work in, but there is no rush or timeline even if it feels like there is one. However, the sooner you start your initiatives towards the future, the quicker it will help move the process along.

If you still feel stumped or still do not know where to start, then maybe look online at the Plymouth State Career Services Page. They have all sorts of job postings that they update regularly as well as answers to many questions you may have. Their page also covers upcoming job fairs and provides some insight on open internships in our local area. Additionally, you can even go visit The Career Development Office here on campus to schedule a meeting with a career path advisor. They can set you up for mock interviews or a resume review, right there in their office. Plymouth State wants you to succeed, so start using their resources to help you accomplish your future goals.

But just remember, don’t stress.

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