In a week, ﬁnal exams will be over. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will all celebrate until classes resume in January, but this isn’t an option or one group o students. Leading up to graduation, many seniors are acing diﬃcult decisions as their undergraduate careers come to a close. Essentially, those who are leaving the comort o general electives and a somewhat stress-ree lie as an undergrad are aced with three options: Find gainul employment, continue with postgraduate education or struggle to ﬁnd “real work.”Ann Hartley, associate director o career networks at the University Career Center, said no matter what path graduates end up on, they need to begin preparation or lie afer graduation beore they leave the University. “Tere’s a lot o things that take place beore even starting the job search or graduate school,” she said. “Whether that’s updating your resume or doing interview practice, that’s something you need to start beore you even begin getting into your search.”Former and present students spoke with the Kansan to help provide insight into what can be expected when heading down one o these paths afer graduation.
FINDING A JOB
Kris Velasco, who graduated last May, stepped oot in New York City or the ﬁrst time in his lie this summer on his way to his ﬁrst adult job. Afer graduating with degrees in Political Science and Sociology, Velasco got a job as a Development Coordinator with Te Supply, a start-up company that works to improve the lives o urban youths. Velasco said he’s enjoyed his time with the new organization so ar, but that graduates should prepare themselves or a change in their social lie when they get a real job.“One thing that no one really preps you on is the diﬃculty o making new riends,” Velasco said. “When you’re out o college and in the real world, you’re kind o out o your bubble now and the ability to meet people is really diﬃcult. alking with other recent grads, this is a common theme we all seem to share.”Velasco learned o the opportunity rom proessor Neeli Bendapudi, the dean o the School o Business, and said proessionals like her can be vital in the post-graduate job search.“Having a mentor or talking to proessors and things like that will really be beneﬁcial to people,” he said. “People who are well connected will know stuﬀ and know people you wouldn’t necessarily know about.”Ann Hartley, associate director o career networks at the University Career Center, reiterated that those who want to ﬁnd jobs need to be networking, especially online.“Getting out and doing more networking is important beore you graduate,” she said. “It seems like most employers are using LinkedIn, so make sure you have a proﬁle and it is active and up to date and that you’re going out and trying to connect with employers through LinkedIn.”
UNABLE TO FIND WORK
Unortunately, immediate success stories like Velasco’s aren’t guaranteed. Some students are unable to ﬁnd a job in their preerred career path and have to resort to part-time work.“For me, it just got to the point where I realized that I had to take whatever I could get afer graduating,” said Coulter Cranston, who graduated with a degree in Chemistry last May. “You just take something and use that as a source o income while you look or a job in your ﬁeld.”Cranston struggled to ﬁnd work in his ﬁeld afer applying or multiple positions, and eventually settled or a job as a sales associate at the KU Bookstore in July. Afer working there or a couple months, a ull-time position opened up at Health Care Access Clinic where he had previously worked as a volunteer. Afer a diﬃcult interviewing process, he was awarded the position. He said the most diﬃcult part o the whole process was eeling like his our years o schooling had not paid oﬀ, but he understood it was necessary to bite the bullet and earn a paycheck, no matter the size. “It’s diﬃcult to put pride aside and settle afer working so hard or a degree,” Cranston said. “But you’ll be glad you have a source o income while you keep looking, though.”For graduates like Cranston who are struggling to ﬁnd a job right out o the gates, Hartley again suggested that constant networking and communication in your chosen ﬁeld is crucial.“Finding a way to get ace-to-ace and talk with somebody is important,” Hartley said. “O course there’s not any guarantee, but you need to make sure you’re trying to connect with as many people possible in a lot o diﬀerent ways.”
Miranda Fields, a senior rom Shawnee, ﬁnally got the letter she was waiting or: One rom the KU School o Medicine. “I walked in and I saw the letter sitting on the counter and my stomach just dropped,” Fields said. “I picked it up and it was thicker, and I said to mysel ‘Tey don’t send multiple sheets just telling you no,’ so I tore into it, read the ﬁrst line and just started screaming.”Fields’ acceptance into medical school was the culmination o years o prep-work, including months o studying or the MCA, volunteering at hospitals and ﬁlling out tedious applications. She said those who wish to continue on with their education afer graduation, whether it be medical school, law school or just graduate school, need to be prepared rom the start o their college careers. “I remember sending my mom a text my sophomore year when all my riends got to go out or stop day, and I was still studying Organic Chemistry. I said, ‘I just want to be a doctor so bad, I really hope this pays oﬀ,’ and that’s the mentality you have to have,” she said. “When your riends are going out and doing other things, you have to study and be dedicated because what you do as a reshman and sophomore matters.”Hartley said some students don’t consider post-undergrad education as seriously as Fields did, which can cause trouble down the road. She recommends going to graduate school only i it’s part o a speciﬁc career plan, not just delay entering the adult-world. “I you’re just going to grad school or law school because you don’t have a plan, it may or may not be beneﬁcial to you,” she said. “I tell students to really research that careully, really talk to olks about it and commit to it and make sure it’s going to be a beneﬁt or you, because you’re going to spend a lot o money and a couple extra years in school and i you still don’t have a plan, you may ﬁnd yoursel unemployed coming out.”
— Edited by Ashleigh Tidwell
STUDENT SENATE PASSES FUNDING REFORM BILLS
Student Senate is on its targeted budget afer passing $5,280 at Wednesday night’s meeting with $24,215 lef in this year’s budget.Student Senate has a smaller budget this year than in years past, because enrollment is down and less money was lef over afer last spring.“Where last year we were able to und student groups a lot more, we have to look a little bit more critically at what we und,” said Drew Harger, Student Senate treasurer and a junior rom McPherson.
BLOCK ALLOCATIONS AND CAMPUS FEES TO BE REVIEWED EVERY YEAR
Student Senate voted 49-0-4 to allow the campus ee review subcommittee to review every year instead o every other year.
Last day of classes
SUA and the KU Memorial Unions Present Tea @ Three
3 to 4 p.m.
Kansas Union Lobby, Level 4
Free tea and treats
No classes held or assignments due
Establishing and Nurturing Teams
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
International Room, Kansas Union
Workshop presented by Human Resources
School of Engineering Fall Recog-nition Event
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Murphy Hall, Crafton-Preyer Theatre
School of Engineering commence-ment ceremony and reception
School of Business Fall Recogni-tion Event
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Lied Center of Performing Arts
School of Business commence-ment ceremony
Art Cart: African Masquerade
Noon to 4 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
Mask-making activities to learn about African art
College of Liberal Arts and Science Fall Recognition Event
2 to 3:30 p.m.
The Lied Center of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sci-ence commencement ceremony
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