College Graduates Share Their Feelings on Finding Jobs


“When I was a student, I was looking forward to becoming an adult, but now that I’m here, it’s really terrible.” 17 2023 graduates share their impressions of finding a job.

Julia Rothman and

Julia is an illustrator. Shaina is a writer and filmmaker.

Good news for recent college graduates. Strong labor market, low unemployment and investigation According to the National Association of College Employers, companies expect to hire nearly 4% more 2023 graduates than their predecessors.

What’s the bad news? Most of them, all his four years of college life have been tainted by the global pandemic and now have to transition from student life to the world of work. It’s never easy. We interviewed 17 of her alumni, who graduated from various majors and regions across the country, about how they feel about getting a job.

Layla Flowers, University of Denver:

“I feel the pressure of the world right now. Everything feels so urgent that everything feels meaningful. Am I doing something for the world?” that is very important. ”

Hannah Bradford, Fordham University:

“I am applying for an editorial assistant job. I want to be a writer working for a magazine. ChatGPT scares me. I had a friend who used it, and it’s really hard to imagine what a journalism career will look like in 10 years.”

Chris Lawrence, Emory University:

“I am with Teach for America. We went to a title 1 school, very low income, the teachers did everything they could to make sure we got what we needed, and of course it was stressful. , it’s going to be challenging.”

Robert Bellman, Appalachian State University:

“Getting a college degree was really important to me. I wanted to increase the number of Latinos who graduated from college. I did it.

Sean Oh, Rutgers University:

“Many of my friends and I were worried about getting a job due to the various news reports in the banking industry. I got a full-time offer after doing an internship at a company in the summer of 2018. I couldn’t go to the office wearing a Rutgers T-shirt, so I bought work clothes.”

Weston Del Signore, University of Southern California:

“I work intermittently as an assistant to local artists, then Postmates and Uber Eats for a living. When it comes to art, a lot of it has to do with people you know. ”

Rocio Perez Gonzalez, University of Texas:

“I have an internship. I hope it turns into a job, but they just laid off some people. I have to find a job and then find a place to live.When I was a student, I was looking forward to becoming an adult, but now that I am here, it really sucks.But I can understand it. A year ago I was in a very different position than I am now, and a year from now everything will be different.”

Vanessa Kong, Northern Kentucky University:

“I’m currently looking at creating UGC, or User Generated Content. You create content for your brand, and they put it on their social media pages. creates unboxing videos, test & trial videos, and many UGC creators start earning $150 on a 30 second video.”

Alyssa Gutierrez, University of Albany, New York:

“I took a job working with immigrants seeking asylum. Before I got this job, I was living in a bubble. I jumped in. When you go to social work school, you are taught the basics, but there are many aspects of social work that you have to learn as you go along.”

Sarah Wexler, Temple University:

“I’m trying to get a full-time job, but it’s been really hard. I’ve applied to over 50 jobs. I did quite a few internships during my college days to make sure this doesn’t happen.” But it still happens.”

Anjan Mani, Cornell University:

“I work in finance. I did an internship and got a full-time offer after it was over. Most start dates are in July, August, or September. , in this economic climate, many of my friends’ companies have decided to delay the start of full-time job offers.I am one of the few in my group of friends to start in the summer.”

Tyreek McDoll, Oberlin College:

“When I was a freshman, the pandemic started and everything shut down. But I refuse to believe it.”

Alessandra Venema, Skidmore College:

“I work for the Federal Department of Transport. At university, I always have interesting conversations and feel inspired. I hope we can stay in a space where that can be sustained.”

Greta Gerschagen, Hamilton University:

“I have been an apprentice at the Restaurant Slash Education Center for six months. Food is a big contributor to climate change. I grew up being told that generations will fix the world. It puts a lot of pressure on us. ”

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