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Monday, June 3, 2013

Jobs for College Graduates, or How to Enter the "Real World"

Graduating from College? Here's a Tip on Which Jobs to Apply For

Jobs for college graduates are out there. But how do you know which ones you should apply for?

If you’re graduating from college this year, chances are you’re looking for more in a job than slinging burgers or cappuccinos. You’re probably thinking: jobs for college graduates should be better paying and a little more challenging than that. After all: I now have my degree!

During the last weeks of college, finding out what jobs for college graduates are out there and who’s hiring may not be your top priority. Final exams and papers, graduation parties and moving into your first apartment may all take priority.

But at some point, you’ll want to find an entry-level job -- something that may be related to your field of study. You’ll want to make a connection between your college studies and your career.

If you don’t have a clear sense of direction or what career you’re best suited for, you’re not alone. After all, you’ve spent the last four-plus years in a college “bubble,” focusing on your studies and living the student life.

The “Real” World and “Real" Jobs 

But you’re now entering the real world, where you need to know what careers will enable you to focus on your true strengths and motivations. You need to know what “real” jobs you can apply for as a new college graduate – jobs that will keep you interested and motivated, and where there’s a clear career path.

The real world can be a little daunting – because there are so many options. Knowing which options to pursue – options that will set you on a path to a career you’ll love – is half the battle.

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Searching online to see what jobs for college graduates are out there is one strategy. But the first and most important step is to see where your true interests and motivations lie, and how these apply to the real world.

The free MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) career test is the first and most comprehensive online career test. It takes about 15 minutes to fill out and you get a free narrative interpretation explaining your interest and aptitude for different jobs.

Knowing what career you'll excel in is the first and most important step to finding an entry level job after graduation.

After you take the free test, you can then find out what real world jobs would be a great match for you. Upgrade to a MAPP package, and we’ll match you to up to 900 jobs, according to your unique MAPP profile. Use the code “MyCareer” and we’ll give you $10 off any MAPP career package. Packages start at $64.90.

The vast majority who take the MAPP test say it was "good" or "excellent” and most of them are in their 20’s and 30’s – not high school students as you might think. That’s because most people don’t actually take the test until they’ve already had some “real world” experience – and many take the test after they’ve already experienced some frustration in finding a career that motivates and inspires them. 

Here’s a five-step process for entering the real world after graduating from college:

1. Take the MAPP career test to see what real careers would motivate and interest you (some you already know about, but others may be eye-opening!)

2. Narrow down this list to a handful of careers that you want to learn more about. Do your research.

3. Use LinkedIn and other tools to identify people in your network who are in that career. Do informational interviews with them.

4. Use job search tools and sites to find out what jobs are available in your area.

5. Focus your resume on that career, using phrases from your MAPP test that demonstrate that you are an excellent fit for this career.

The MAPP career test makes a great graduation gift, so send this blog to your friends and relatives who have no idea what to give you for a graduation gift.

And take the MAPP today. Real life – and your career – are waiting.

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