It is a luxury to have a job waiting for you upon graduation. I was fortunate enough to be in that situation. But, what about the rest of the people out there? Not to worry. Based on the 2016 U.S. College Graduate Employment Study by Accenture Strategy, over 80% of graduates either had a job when they graduated or within the first six months (May 2016). The rest of the surveyed populations all had obtained jobs, though it may have required over a year to do so.
While those statistics are great, it is a major concern not to fall in the about 20% of graduates that have to wait six or more months to find a job or worse, still not have a job. Impatience is a trait the millennial generation is known for. When millennials want something, they want it instantly. Unfortunately, the job market does not always work that way.
However, your career is just a small portion of your time on this earth. Is it really the end of the world if you have to spend a few months unemployed? I assure you will not go your entire life without a job. Yes, there are obligations you need to tend to, like student loan payments that kick in six months after graduation. And you want to have a little fun too, of course. Having the financial ability to cover off on these obligations and fun activities without a full-time job is nearly impossible. But, you can make due by picking up side gigs or finding part-time employment, all while working towards starting a career. There is no shame in having to do this. It’s called grinding. If you need to grind to make things work while you look for a full-time gig, so be it.
As a college senior, you should never panic if you do not have a job lined up even though your friends do. Be happy for those friends and don’t get down on yourself for not being in their shoes. Keep grinding and have confidence that you will find something. If you don’t find a job even in the first year, remember, nothing is permanent and you will not be jobless for your entire life.