I recently graduated from university and have not found a job yet. With the recession, should I think about going back to do graduate studies this fall if I don’t have any interviews lined up for next month?
Looking for a job during a recession is already difficult. It can be made even more difficult if you are a new graduate and don’t have work experience. Give yourself some time and try to figure out why your job search is not producing results. It may be that you approach your job search the wrong way. If after a few months of looking for a job you still cannot find something, doing graduate studies can be a good option, but keep the following in mind:
- Choose an area of study that you truly enjoy and that is in demand.
- Choose your program carefully, some programs are more academic and some are more practical with coop terms.
- This is your second chance to prove yourself, so make your mark with your grades, your involvement in associations, and by publishing articles.
- Network and build connections while studying.
A last word of advice… graduate studies require commitment, so don’t take this decision lightly.
by John Sylo