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Matthew Jones 05-16-2012 10:34 AM

Post-graduation plans?
 
I'm set to graduate with an English degree and a Psychology in minor, and I'm currently wondering what the heck I should be doing over the summer and in the fall in order to get a job somewhat related to my field (editor, journalist, reporter, researcher, writer, etc.) My original plan was to be a high school teacher and I'm still interested in going to grad school for my master's in education but entering the school system with just an English degree isn't possible in Connecticut except as a substitute. How should I go about looking for an internship, job, etc.? Has anyone else been in a similar position and found something within this time frame? What is everyone else who has recently graduated or will be graduating soon planning on doing?

JoeJoeBrown 05-16-2012 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Matthew Jones (Post 3000973)
I'm set to graduate with an English degree and a Psychology in minor, and I'm currently wondering what the heck I should be doing over the summer and in the fall in order to get a job somewhat related to my field (editor, journalist, reporter, researcher, writer, etc.) My original plan was to be a high school teacher and I'm still interested in going to grad school for my master's in education but entering the school system with just an English degree isn't possible in Connecticut except as a substitute. How should I go about looking for an internship, job, etc.? Has anyone else been in a similar position and found something within this time frame? What is everyone else who has recently graduated or will be graduating soon planning on doing?

When are you graduating?

Brent 05-16-2012 11:08 AM

As someone who has an English degree, I can tell you that your ability to find a job in something other than teaching isn't as hard as you might think. There are numerous companies out there who just want people with a degree so they can train you to do a job.

If you do go the education route, get that national certification so you can teach in any state. I need to get mine at some point so I can get the eff out of Texas if I wish.

Matthew Jones 05-16-2012 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by JoeJoeBrown (Post 3000979)
When are you graduating?

Hopefully December!
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Originally Posted by Brent (Post 3001032)
As someone who has an English degree, I can tell you that your ability to find a job in something other than teaching isn't as hard as you might think. There are numerous companies out there who just want people with a degree so they can train you to do a job.

If you do go the education route, get that national certification so you can teach in any state. I need to get mine at some point so I can get the eff out of Texas if I wish.

Hm...any good sites for jobs/internships?

Brent 05-16-2012 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Matthew Jones (Post 3001043)
Hm...any good sites for jobs/internships?

Internships are free labor, don't take those unless you have someone paying for you to survive. As for jobs, if you are looking at teaching jobs, that is varied depending on state. If you are looking for normal jobs, go to your campus' career center.

Matthew Jones 05-16-2012 07:49 PM

How important is previous work experience? I've been very focused on academics and only have a little bit of work experience (food service and a couple of semesters helping students with learning disabilities take notes in their classes.) I served as an officer in my school's English Society, but aside from that I'm just an English major, Psych minor with a pretty high GPA.

Don Vito 05-16-2012 07:52 PM

Just graduated from Ole Miss on Saturday. I've applied for a few jobs but I plan on getting my nose to the grindstone on that front in June, I'm just working for spending money now and enjoying my last few weeks of doing whatever I want. I'm probably going to head back up home for the future but I am really open to go anywhere, wouldn't mind staying in the south especially if it were Nashville or Atlanta. A lot of me wants to settle back up in the Boston area, but I don't know if I'm quite ready to leave the south.

BuckeyeDan17 05-16-2012 07:59 PM

I just graduated from Indiana U - Bloomington a couple saturdays ago.

Finished with a double major Legal Studies/Philosophy.

My mother knows someone who works with Homeland Security who wants to meet me and is offering an internship, but I'm not sure how a hair sample drug test is going to go. I'll probably tell him before it's even administered "hey, i'm going to fail the **** out of your test." Don't know how I'm going to approach that yet but I just know I won't lie. I digress.

IU's school of public and environmental affairs is a nice program and they have an okay career center. I think I'm going to be applying for consulting/policy analysis jobs later this summer after I save up some money for a car. I will probably also take the LSAT but I'm really doubting if law school is worth the debt anymore.

So, I would like to work for an insurance company maybe, or enter an Adminsitration graduate program of some sort. I think I have a decent future ahead, I dunno.

EDIT: congratulations on your milestone accomplishment though.

josh07039 05-16-2012 08:00 PM

As someone who was in this position a year ago, the best plan post graduation is to kill yourself. The answer to all of life's problems.

bearfan 05-17-2012 09:29 AM

As someone who did a lot of job searching for internships for the summer, let me tell you its difficult. I applied online to probably about eight different places and did not get a response back. These were all paid internships with top companies in the Chicago area.

What I did have success in was through face to face contact and personal connections. I had about five different places that through these outlets wanted to hire/interview with me. As your parents, grandparents, uncles etc if they know anyone or could introduce you to someone for possible internship/job.

You had mentioned that your work experience is minimal. From what I have learned this past year is that any work or organizational experience (your officer position) helps. Last summer I took 2 unpaid internships and worked landscaping on the side to get that experience with the thought that "if I take the cut now, it will pay off later." I would say that if you're willing, take an unpaid and a part time job at the same time. Even though a lot of internships suck, they: look great on a resume, give you talking points in an interview, give you experience in the field, and connections. From my experience, they pay off in the long run.

As for websites, you could check
http://indeed.com
http://nacelinknetwork.us.jobs/nacelink.asp
Http://internships.com

You could also join LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com). It is essentially facebook for business people. It is great for keeping contact with professional connections, and once you have built up a base of connections you can search for companies you are interested in and see if anyone you know works there. From there you can inquire about any opportunities they may know about, or ask to be introduced to someone else who is hiring. Right now it is all about connections and LinkedIn is a great tool for maintaining them.

Good luck on your job search! PM me if you have any questions

jayceheathman 05-19-2012 05:34 PM

I graduate this summer with a Master's in Agricultural Economics and waiting to hear from Ph.d programs to see if I get accepted. The job market, as everyone knows, is really competitive. I have been rejected from every internship I have applied for so far so I figured going on and getting another degree couldn't hurt.

I think with internships we have to drop our expectations. I am sure most of us go for internships at the largest company in your field and don't want to work for a smaller firm.

marshallb 05-19-2012 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Matthew Jones (Post 3000973)
I'm set to graduate with an English degree and a Psychology in minor, and I'm currently wondering what the heck I should be doing over the summer and in the fall in order to get a job somewhat related to my field (editor, journalist, reporter, researcher, writer, etc.) My original plan was to be a high school teacher and I'm still interested in going to grad school for my master's in education but entering the school system with just an English degree isn't possible in Connecticut except as a substitute. How should I go about looking for an internship, job, etc.? Has anyone else been in a similar position and found something within this time frame? What is everyone else who has recently graduated or will be graduating soon planning on doing?

I don't know if you've ever been told about this site or not, but if you're looking for a job in any of the fields you listed above, I've been told that this is the best one and it's free: http://www.journalismjobs.com/

bearfan 05-19-2012 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by jayceheathman (Post 3005537)
I think with internships we have to drop our expectations. I am sure most of us go for internships at the largest company in your field and don't want to work for a smaller firm.

That is true. A lot are unpaid as well at smaller firms. What people don't realize is that experience and people that you can meet at these types of positions will help you later in the job field.

TimD 05-19-2012 07:29 PM

Im in the same boat man. not a fun situation. good luck

yo123 05-19-2012 07:42 PM

Unpaid internships are a joke and they should be illegal.

CashmoneyDrew 05-19-2012 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by yo123 (Post 3005741)
Unpaid internships are a joke and they should be illegal.

Technically they are if you aren't getting school credit.

WCH 05-19-2012 07:54 PM

They beat the hell out of being unemployed.

Brodeur 05-19-2012 08:13 PM

Accounting major with an "Hispanic Studies" minor (code for Spanish). Hoping to get an internship in January that will run for a Semester (paid, since most of the business internships around her are paid) and finish in about 18 months. After that, it's looking for a day job while I pursue a Masters in night classes..........and Batman duties.

Business major= success (despite being boring as ****)

yo123 05-19-2012 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by WCH (Post 3005754)
They beat the hell out of being unemployed.

That's irrelevant. It's unpaid labor. You're performing a service that has a monetary value and you're not being paid that value.

WCH 05-19-2012 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by yo123 (Post 3006117)
That's irrelevant. It's unpaid labor. You're performing a service that has a monetary value and you're not being paid that value.

The compensation comes in the form of acquired skills, work experience, and references. If somebody wants to work without monetary compensation, that's their choice and they're probably doing it for a reason. It can open doors.

Brothgar 05-20-2012 12:06 AM

The advice I got from my college is to start applying 7 weeks before graduating.

Brothgar 05-20-2012 12:09 AM

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Originally Posted by yo123 (Post 3006117)
That's irrelevant. It's unpaid labor. You're performing a service that has a monetary value and you're not being paid that value.

When every job requires 2-5 years experience a little unpaid labor when you are still in the grace period of your student loans is a good thing.

MaxV 05-20-2012 01:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Matthew Jones (Post 3000973)
I'm set to graduate with an English degree and a Psychology in minor, and I'm currently wondering what the heck I should be doing over the summer and in the fall in order to get a job somewhat related to my field (editor, journalist, reporter, researcher, writer, etc.) My original plan was to be a high school teacher and I'm still interested in going to grad school for my master's in education but entering the school system with just an English degree isn't possible in Connecticut except as a substitute. How should I go about looking for an internship, job, etc.? Has anyone else been in a similar position and found something within this time frame? What is everyone else who has recently graduated or will be graduating soon planning on doing?

I'm not sure if my situation will help here, but it might be a good indication of the value of experience.

I worked as AutoCAD (design program) operator while in College. The significant working hours took away time from my studies and I wasn't making a lot of money. As a result, I was barely able to graduate and it took me longer then my peers. That choice drew some criticism from my College buddies. But I was able to learn a great deal on the job and have advanced to a higher position since then. My friends from College (the same ones that concentrated strictly on their studies and graduated earlier) are now working as...guess what...CAD operators.

Now, a little disclaimer here, I'm not necessarily suggesting that working through College is a good idea for everyone. Finding time for studying was EXTREMELY difficult when I did it.

jayceheathman 05-21-2012 02:55 AM

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Originally Posted by yo123 (Post 3006117)
That's irrelevant. It's unpaid labor. You're performing a service that has a monetary value and you're not being paid that value.

Now it is to the point where if you want to have an internship with the larger companies in your field, you need previous internship experiences.

descendency 05-21-2012 05:16 AM

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Originally Posted by josh07039 (Post 3001878)
As someone who was in this position a year ago, the best plan post graduation is to kill yourself. The answer to all of life's problems.

This seems to be the best option :(

Post college life sucks.


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