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3 employment options for recent grads

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Considering the economy and technology are on the upswing, many recent grads start their careers while studying at college. And we are not talking about part-time at the campus café; college students often have jobs that bring them valuable professional experience, and ensure a tangible level of income. So when graduation day comes, college students are not a bunch of scared rookies but professionals with decent backgrounds in their fields. Nevertheless, there is still a question: what form of employment is worth the effort? Startups and freelancing look more attractive, yet they conceal many tricky pitfalls. As for good old full-time employment, it needs serious reshaping and improvement to attract young professionals. There are at least three employment options for recent grads, but which option is best?

It is all in the mindset

According to recent surveys, three out of five students expect they will be able to work remotely, and less than a half of 18-29 year olds employed are working full-time. It is not a crisis or an unexpected epidemic given that youth follow the elder generations; Gen Z (this is how sociologists and HR experts categorize people born in the mid to late 1990s through the 2010s) had a Millennials rise as a model to follow. The same surveys indicate about 30% of Gen Y started businesses while in college, and about 91% are considering changing their current jobs within three years. With this in mind, we can tell the younger generation has been raised in the spirit of freedom and solopreneurship, now demanding a different approach from HR departments and recruiters. Yet, the last say goes to employees, and here are things they should consider before accepting job offers and jump into their careers or solo businesses. Let’s take a look at each of the following three employment options for recent grads to consider.

Start a company

Starting your own company is rather challenging, though many examples have proven it to be successful. The idea is to push your passion into profit and convince others that your business is worth all the efforts.

Startup advantages:

– Working for yourself
– Creating great financial opportunities
– Implementing your own ideas
– Great life experience

Startup disadvantages:

– Tough competition
– Investments needed
– Lack of “job security”
– Startup is riskier and more costly

Understand that starting your own business calls for an award-winning concept necessary to enter the entrepreneurial world. Those who choose to make such a living should be patient, as niche startups are likely to bear fruit no sooner than 12 months after launch.

Freelancing

Freelancing is actually quite similar to starting your own business. On the one hand, it comes rather risky though you do not have to invest. On the other hand, you are free to follow your commitments with passion and drive.

Freelancing advantages:

– Benefit from flexible hours (Sleep until noon, if you like. No one will ever bother you unless the project deadline is approaching)
– Take control of your customers and tasks (Choose whom you are going to work with and opt for the most appealing tasks)
– Keep all the profits (You are the boss. You don’t have to split the profit or pay salaries, yet be aware of taxation and other expenses)
– Stay wherever you want (Freelancing is perfect for a travelling enthusiast)

Freelancing disadvantages:

– Lack of steady workloads (At some point, you can suffer from the lack of orders unless you’ve managed to create a solid customer base)
– Insecurity (There are numerous occasions when freelancers are not paid or become victims of fraud)
– You pay for yourself (No social package or any other benefits provided by the employer. You’re the boss, remember?)

Full-time job

The most influential thing about a full-time job is a contract and guaranteed salary in addition to employer’s benefits, a workplace provided, and more. However, the current economic situation will hardly provide you with total job and financial security, while being hopeless in enabling your professional development.

Full-time advantages:

– Steady salary (Your monthly payment is guaranteed)
– Governmental and social securities (Your contact is protected by social and economic policies)
– Constant workload (You will never witness a lack of tasks and duties)

Full-time disadvantages:

– Heavy workload (Too much work is not good for you. It results in stress and health problems in addition to a lack of personal time)
– Lack of professional development (You can stick to a routine without the slightest chance to develop your skills)
– Not enough salary (You will hardly find employees who are satisfied with their monthly salaries. Always keep in mind that every employer is eager to cut down on expenses. Salary is a key point in the list of expenses)

Each working arrangement comes with pros and cons. The best way to make up your mind is to consider every point we have discussed. No matter what you choose, get pleasure from what you are doing and never hesitate to make a crucial step and change your life for the better.

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Justine Thomas, guest writer

Justine Thomas, guest writer

Justine Thomas is a blogger and freelance writer. Her main interests are foreign languages, psychology, and fitness. Currently, she is working at educational company, Edubirdie.com, as a consulting editor.

Posted January 22, 2015 by

Tips for Staying Positive During Job Interviews

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Staying positive during a job interview is essential. No one wants to hire someone that seems to be miserable or unsure of their skills. You’ve scoured the Internet to find job opportunities and conduct your job search, now you need to stay focused and nail the interview.

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Posted September 12, 2014 by

Work on an Entry Level Job? How to Approach it Like a Boss

No matter whether you work on an entry level job or another position, you can have the mentality of a boss.  Find out how in the following post.

Don’t let Lonely Island mislead you; there’s more to acting like a boss than rolling high and taking liberties with your subordinates’ desks. It encompasses everything from refilling the coffee pot like a boss to going after that big-name client like a boss. No task is too big or too small to tackle with the

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Posted August 20, 2014 by

Grads, Want to be “A” Candidates for Entry Level Jobs? 5 Qualities You Need

College graduates who desire to be “A” candidates for entry level jobs should possess these qualities, according to the following post.

For many companies, hiring the best and the brightest is not an option — it’s an absolute necessity. They are all working from the same playbook: “Only hire ‘A’ players.” Of course! Who doesn’t want people who have the talent, skills and drive to make a company successful? So… how can you

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Posted August 18, 2014 by

College Graduates, 3 Ways to Separate Yourself from the Competition When Searching for Jobs

As college graduates begin searching for jobs, they need to stand out from other job seekers.  Learn three ways they can separate themselves from the competition in the following post.

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Posted August 12, 2014 by

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While looking at different jobs, a recent graduate should work on developing these four soft skills in the following post that can help them find a new position.

We often think it’s the accomplishments, hands-on experience and hard-skills that ultimately win over hiring managers. And yes, those attributes weigh heavily in the decision making process. After all, they establish your professional foundation and ability to do the job. But how about those other personal aspects that have proven an asset in your career?

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Posted July 30, 2014 by

Which Study Abroad Program is Right for You?

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Glass globe on a book with study abroad in the background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

For many people, college just wouldn’t be complete without a study abroad experience. But as exciting as it is to live in a foreign country, a well-chosen program will offer much more than the thrill of traveling and learning a new language — it’s an opportunity to develop skills that will translate well to your career and add real value to your degree.

When searching for the right program, your first stop should be the Study Abroad office at your school. The staff members are trained to guide you toward the programs that fit your college and career goals. In your discussions with the staff members, be flexible regarding location and length of program. Perhaps you had planned to spend a semester in France, but the best program for you is a summer in Eastern Europe. Studying abroad is about adventure, not vacation. Let yourself go where you need to go. (more…)

Posted May 23, 2014 by

One View of Entry Level Jobs for the Class of 2014

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Posted May 22, 2014 by

Are You Asking the Right Questions During Your Entry Level Job Search?

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Posted May 14, 2014 by

Why Aren’t Some Job Seekers Not Landing Jobs for Recent College Graduates? 5 Possible Reasons

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