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Where Do I Go From Here?

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Jobs aren’t easy to come by these days. It’s no surprise that graduates are looking for alternative options. Here are a few ideas when you find yourself asking: “Where do I go from here?”

Travel: There is nothing you can’t gain from traveling. The best part is you will not only learn so much more about yourself, but you’ll also learn more about the world around you. You’ll step out of your comfort zone, you’ll have grand adventures, and you’ll be scared as shit sometimes. But you know what? You’ll come back having a new respect for this world and the people in it. You’ll have conquered fears and discovered a whole new side of yourself.

Intern: One of the best ways to get a job at a company you really love is to intern first. While some are unpaid, there are a lot of paid internships out there so do some research. Being a great intern will show the company that you’re serious about them and most companies prefer to hire people they’ve already worked with in some capacity. Interning is a great way to get your in!

Volunteer: Volunteering is very popular these days for many reasons. Not only will it be something positive to add to your resume, but you’ll have the opportunity to help a good cause whether that is domestic violence, the environment, underprivileged children, or something equally great. There are lots of options out there so don’t limit yourself to just one!

Start your own business: Can’t find the perfect job for you? Why not create it! Starting your own business can be daunting but it isn’t impossible. Find what your passion is and start small but remember to dream big! You create your own success, you make your own hours and you’ll be doing something you love.

Freelance: This is a great one for writers but also other “service” professions. Find some freelance jobs and take on as many as you can until you find a full time job. There are lots of websites out there that people post freelance jobs to. Check some out and keep looking in the mean time.

About the Author

Katie Karambelas Katie Karambelas

Katie studied Media Studies with a concentration in Media Writing and a minor in Dance while at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She graduated in December 2010 and started her own home-based travel business, From Here to There Travel. While she loves helping people travel, she also enjoys writing and hopes to publish the young adult fiction novel she currently is querying to agents. She has been published in multiple literary journals including Bewildering Stories, Prospective Journal, Fiction on the Web, and Down in the Dirt magazine She also has a screenplay she's written that's gathering dust but hopes to one day become an actual movie. But there's time for that later! Katie has recently become TEFL/TESOL certified and is currently working for a biotechnology company in Raleigh, NC.

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