: This belongs to our series of posts featuring tips for recent grads from LinkedIn users. Kelly Lux is a career development specialist and certified career and transition coach with experience in several areas of the working world including corporate/manufacturing, elementary and higher education, state government and retail. She currently provides services to alumni and students of Syracuse University with a focus on mentoring, networking and social media, and job search strategies and tools.
I have recently spent a great deal of time in my office talking to students who are very confused about what their options are after graduation. The problem is, they are limiting their options before they even get started. Students think that 1) major = job, 2) job boards = job, and 3) NYC (or Chicago, LA, you pick) = job. I’d like to address these three myths.
1) Take a look at the profiles on LinkedIn and see what people really do with their majors. A quick review of profiles for people in marketing & advertising revealed degrees in creative arts, sociology, business administration, economics and journalism. Do some searching and see what people with your degree are doing. Remember that as you search for jobs, the more you open yourself up to possibilities, the more you increase your chances of landing a job you that you really want. Where might you be able to apply the skills you have learned in college? Where can you combine those skills with your interests? Answering these questions will help you come up with some options to check out.