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Don?t Have a Short Term Mindset
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:27:41 AM »
All projects have a ?schedule?, but many grads approach the job search strategy with unrealistic expectations of what this schedule should be.  Take into account the latest stats which indicate a job search in the US takes an average of 22 weeks.
Question: What has a student done in 20 years of academics that has lasted 22 weeks?
Answer: Practically nothing.  Even summer vacation doesn't last 22 weeks!
School calendars are diced into periods, quarters, mods, semesters, and seasons.  Virtually none of them extend to 22 weeks.   Grads come out with a mindset that life happens in 90-day increments, or thereabouts.  They aren't mentally prepared for the long-haul journey that is a job search in today?s market.
Often I hear this relayed in a comment from a parent:
"My daughter sends out five applications on line every day, doesn't hear back, and then has a meltdown on Friday. "

The Solution: Build Realistic Timeline Expectations Into the Plan
1.    Conduct market research and determine what?s happening in the area you are searching.  How long are job searches taking for different disciplines?
2.    Build realistic expectations for the Job Search Project timeline.  Give yourself more time than you think you need.
3.    Develop a financial plan to support yourself while searching.  Whether it?s part time work, living with parents or other family, have a 6 to 8 month plan so that doesn't create daily stress.

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Don?t Have a Short Term Mindset
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:27:41 AM »


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