Job Hunt Tips for Generation Y
Recent college grads are facing challenges not seen in most markets. In a recession, college grads are competing against job seekers with 10+ years of experience, even for entry level jobs. In many cases, highly experienced people are taking internships, just to stay relevant in their industry. This makes it very hard for most students to find a career, let alone a career that relates to their degree. Fortunately, there are still a few viable options for Echo Boomers & Gen Next.
Internships: In a recession, the role of an intern changes dramatically. No more gopher training, but instead hands-on learning under the leadership of an expert in your target industry. The pay is not great, if you get paid at all, but the education is invaluable. The challenge of internships is that the competition is almost as high as it is for paying jobs. In some prestigious firms there are more experienced people applying for internships than there are in paying jobs at other companies.
Create an Internship: Look at the list of companies owned or run by alumni at your school. Find a connection via a respected teacher or a councilor. Ask if you can hang out at the company to learn and pitch in. Be persistent you will hear no a lot. However, after a few tries you may get a 6 month internship with a successful firm.
You’re not a rare & delicate flower: Contrary to what your parents and friends have told you, you’re most likely not all that special in the eyes of the business world. Most employers see Gen Y’s as arrogant, undisciplined, inexperienced children who expect way too much. To them there is very little special about you or your resume.
Find what makes you unique: Accept this and find ways to truly be special in the business world. Look at the points on a job description for your idea job. Find ways to experience these duties first hand in a non-profit, an internship, or your own startup company. Only then will you have anything that is unique to a hiring manager.
Experience is the answer to finding a job as a Gen Y graduate. How and where you find it is up to you?