If you’re several months out of college and still struggling to secure interviews for premium entry level jobs or paid internships in your desired field, it can feel like you’ve been on pause since earning your diploma. While it’s important to continue applying for jobs, you may also want to consider some temporary opportunities to stay busy and continue building your resume in the mean time.
While it’s preferable to land a paying opportunity after graduation, sometimes you need to take a step back in order to move forward. Despite the lack of paycheck, finding an unpaid internship can help advance your professional experience and knowledge while staying plugged into your intended career path. You may even discover an open door at your internship that can lead to a paying position.
If money is becoming an issue during the summer after graduation, you might want to consider finding a part-time job to help make ends meet. Even if the opportunity has nothing to do with your ideal career, staying busy will demonstrate to prospective employers that you didn’t spend your summer doing a lot of nothing.