I graduated! ....Now what?

So you graduated college but are not really sure what all is “out there” for you in terms of employment options. Congrats! You’re in the 99th percentile of recent grads!

It all sounds very daunting when you speak with recent grads and they tell you how the real world has been treating them and the different kinds of places they all work. That said, let’s take a peek at the most common options available to any recent grad seeking employment in the most painless way possible. Thanks to Business News Daily and Nicole Fallon for some insights!


To many job seekers, especially those who are just entering the job market, working for a start-up sounds like an exciting opportunity — and it is. You get to help build a company from the ground up, and you'll be able to see the impact of your contributions as the business grows. If you want to live and breathe your work, and have a real say in the company's future direction, you'll likely thrive in a start-up setting. The risks are high, but if — and that's a big "if" — the company takes off, the rewards are even higher.

Ask yourself:

--- Does the idea of working in a non-traditional setting and solving new problems every day appeal to me?

--- Do I want a self-directed role that will constantly change and evolve as the company does?

--- Am I prepared to take on the risks and challenges of being involved with a new start-up (i.e., business failure, low up-front compensation, long hours)?

I had the experience of working at a start-up when I was a new graduate, and frankly I was in the wrong mindset. The number one way I would describe working in a start-up would be “All Hands on Deck...Always." I was unsuccessful at showing my passion for their products and it makes a tremendous difference in a heavily visible environment.

Be ready to work!

Small or Mid-size Business

Working for a small or mid-size business affords you the opportunity to affect the company, but comes with far less risk than a start-up. Smaller businesses tend to treat their employees like family, and though you may not be a key decision maker, the people in charge will hear your voice. According to a recent survey, 63% of small business owners describe their leadership style as democratic. When small businesses are hiring, they look for individuals who are honest (29%) and dependable (33%). Promotions and raises won't happen as often as they would at a bigger company, but your role and hours will typically remain consistent. Small businesses have a relaxed, family atmosphere, and [as an employee] you'll have more nights and weekends free.