Four Things for New Graduates to Consider Before Accepting Your First Job

New graduates usually experience excitement as they shake the hand of university presidents and pick up their diplomas. They eagerly (and sometimes anxiously) anticipate starting new careers. But this sentiment can quickly turn to discouragement with the realization that launching the perfect career is not as easy as you may have thought. If you didn’t begin your job search months before graduation, you might be in for a rude awakening. A successful job search can take months. If you’re not sure precisely what you want to do, it could take even longer. Longer-than-expected job searches often lead to desperation and the temptation to accept any job offered. This article gives ideas for gaining a clear direction when thinking about your future.

Note: If you are a recent graduate (or soon will be), consider taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with employers, get assistance with your resume, and attend career guidance workshops in the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center during the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Visit the Placement Center’s website for details.