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This is a wake-up call for graduating college seniors that you may not hear from other adults in your life. I can only imagine how your parents would react if brave college career counselors were to tell you what I’m about to say.  [And maybe some are – and if so, good on them!]  Fortunately, I don’t have to field phone calls from pissed off parents who’ll read me the riot act because I told their child the hard truth -- even with their costly college diploma almost in hand.  So, here it is -- my most sincere advice about how to think about finding a job when you graduate, especially for those who won’t have the luxury of someone else paying their bills in the short or long term, is to put practicality ahead of ‘passion’ in your post-college job search.  
Graduating from college is anxiety provoking even when there isn’t a global pandemic happening. This time last year, I was finishing my final semester at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Overall, I felt grateful to be able to have such a fulfilling college experience. But I didn’t fully appreciate just how lucky I was. The Class of 2020, on the other hand, has it particularly rough. They are grieving the loss of a traditional end to their college career. Within a matter of days in March, it was ripped away from them. Now as if finishing classes online and graduating without a formal ceremony isn’t bad enough, they have to deal with an even worse fallout: trying to jump-start their career in a shaken economy and job market.   Although I can’t relate to finishing college online, I know what it’s like to scramble for a job in this unprecedented time. 
I don’t remember how old I was when I found out Santa Claus wasn’t real, but I’m quite sure it was years before I graduated from college.  I’m guessing the same is true for all of you too. So then why do many college graduates still believe in another fairy tale of sorts – that ‘perfect’ jobs exist? I get it.  The desire to hold on to the magic of our childhoods is powerful.  That’s why when my then 9-year old young son started to suspect Santa might not be real, and asked me point blank if he was, my answer was simply: ‘Santa Claus exists for those who believe in him.’ But, my young friends, especially those graduating in May or June of 2020, I’m not going to parse words with you. 
Dear College Seniors, If you haven’t figured out yet what career you’re going to pursue when you graduate in May 2020, and you feel like there’s something wrong with you because you haven’t, I have an open secret to share with you. Most of us didn’t have a clue! I don’t know who the person is who started perpetuating the myth, because that’s exactly what it is, that the majority of those who’ve graduated before you somehow had it all figured out when May rolled around.  But let’s find him and whack him upside his head! Far from being an outlier – you’re in the middle of the pack among your peers and that’s 100% normal.  
It’s your senior year of college, or perhaps you’re about to finish a graduate degree. You’re one step closer to earning well-deserved paychecks at your first post-school job.  But you’re not sure what your next steps should be. Maybe you don’t know what you want to do or where to apply. Maybe you’re concerned about taking a job that could derail a career trajectory you’ve dreamed of. Or maybe you realized during college that you’re actually interested in work that isn’t related to the field you’re earning your degree in. What do you do now? First things first, don’t panic!  
I’ve always loved history and museums more than the average kid. School field trips to the Smithsonian were more than just a chance to get out of classes for me; they were a chance to learn and explore my passions in a fun and interesting way.  I thought that my fascination with museums would be a side interest, a hobby, and nothing more, until this summer when I joined Andrea, T4C’s Chief Java Junkie, during her interview this summer with the chief curator of the International Spy Museum, Dr. Alexis Albion.
Growing up, people are exposed to a variety of “normal” jobs/careers; everyone’s heard of doctors, lawyers and teachers. But, what about those jobs that just don’t get enough publicity? Like a professional iceberg mover or a dog food taste tester… Here’s a list — in no particular order– of the Top 5 Most Random Professions: read more>>>
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