During your time at The University of Georgia, you will accumulate a variety of experiences that will ultimately contribute to your success in the professional world. This page provides you with resources that will help you plan your job search and develop your professional skills for life after graduation.
Understanding the Job-Search Timeline
Before beginning your search for a full-time job, it is helpful to create a realistic timeline for how long it may take you to find a position. Although every person has a different experience as they begin their career, you should keep in mind that many employers begin seeking out candidates the semester before they graduate. If you are graduating in May, for example, attending the Fall Career Fair is a great way to begin your job search!
In a slower economy, you should allow yourself at least 6 months for a successful job search, although the process can take significantly more or less time depending on your experience and level of preparation. If you encounter obstacles, try to avoid becoming discouraged. Instead, utilize the resources at the UGA Career Center and partner with your career consultant to develop a plan of action.
In addition, the following tools will help guide you through the job search process:
- Explore Your Interests
- Learn More About Potential Career Fields
- Meet with Your Career Consultant
- Develop a Career or Job Search Plan
So, you’ve tried everything and your job search seems to be stuck in a rut? Here are some suggestions:
- Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your career consultant. After all, they are experts and they are here to help you!
Call the UGA Career Center to set up an appointment: (706) 542-3375.
- Volunteering or Internships: Enhance your experience and build your network at the same time! See our Internships page, the VolunteerUGA page, or the Nonprofit page for key resources on this topic.
- Part-Time Employment: While you continue to search for full-time employment, go ahead and secure part-time work to keep yourself afloat financially. If you can find part-time employment related to your career goals, you may also be able to build your resume and expand your network.
- Year of Service/Gap Year Activities: If you need to gain more experience or you are seeking a way to focus your career path, you may want to consider taking a “Gap Year” after college. Many students take time to pursue personal and professional interests through volunteerism, temporary work, or travel. Good resources for this option may include Idealist.com, Gapyear.com, and the UGA Career Center’s “Understanding Year of Service” handout.
- Temporary/Employment Agencies: Many employers hire temporary workers so they can screen the candidate before they hire him/her for the job. This is an excellent way to get your foot in the door!
- Additional Coursework/Certifications: Some industries look for specific skills, training, or licenses and certifications. Taking additional coursework or becoming certified in your area of expertise may make you a more competitive applicant.
For example, see a list of the Continuing Education programs that UGA offers at:
Finally, remember that the job search is not an exact science! You may need to think outside of the box to land the position you are seeking. Look for ways to gain experience, build your network, and utilize your existing skills and connections wherever possible!