Ways and Means

Searching For Your Groovy Career:

Getting Started:  Step #1
You’re enjoying every moment of your senior year and cherishing all the firsts (you get to register first and have your choice of classes) and lasts – last Halloween, last Thanksgiving break, last birthday at college. People are starting to ask you, “So what are you going to do after college?” Some of you have definite answers and some of you have absolutely no idea. Some of you are ready to get started in your next chapter and some of you are holding tightly onto your college life. How to get started with planning for your groovy career?

Think and plan first. Even if you know you want a job at the place you interned at last summer, these questions are important to consider.

What would you like to do?
If you already know and you’re absolutely certain, you can skip to Step #2.
For those without an exact plan, this is a wonderful time to begin exploring possible groovy careers that will make you happy. Take your time and use a wide-angle lens at first to view the multitude of careers that might bring you bliss. No need to rush headlong into a job just because it’s available.

How to learn about potential careers? In addition to exploring groovycareers, consider these sources:
Your college career center.

Think about companies whose products you like, e.g., fashion, hiking equipment, beverages, food, video games. Check out their web sites

Visit the Careers sections of web sites that you visit frequently. They are often hiring.

Talk with your professors and advisers about what they can see you doing and perhaps places you could do what you what makes you happy.

Converse with recent graduates about jobs they found that they really enjoy. Talk with them about what they like about their jobs and how they found them.

Look through magazines.

General business magazines such as Business Week, Fast Company, and Fortune often feature people with interesting jobs and they are not all corporate positions. You might find an article about an ice cream taster or a creator of props for game videos.

Check out newspapers.
Almost every day, The New York Times has articles about people with unique careers.

Look at the alumni section of your college’s publications. Often they feature articles about recent graduates who have cool careers and who are doing interesting work.

Talk with the people in your network (check out the Networking section on our site) and see what suggestions they have.

Visit job web sites, e.g., Indeed, craigslist, monster, and careerbuilder to see the jobs they have posted. You can also visit the web sites of companies you might like to work for. For example, if Google seems like a great place to work or Lucasfilm or Chanel or Whole Foods, visit their web sites. Many corporations are working hard to attract the best applicants to their companies and they have revamped their web sites to appeal to new graduates.

This is the first in a series of articles focused on exploring the career universe to discover your groovy career.
Step #2 will be “Creating Your Career Wish List.”