Eenie-Meenie-Minie-Moe, Stick your Diploma on the Office Wall

20 November 2013

As a senior in college, it suddenly feels like my life has become a series of cover letters, job searches, and a fruitless journey to self-discovery. Actually, it’s more like discovering the thing about me that makes employers more likely to hire me. The world after college seems to large and daunting, what do I really want to do? What if I end up hating my job for the rest of my life? How about grad school? The plight of Gen-Y has been categorized as the generation with too many options, but not enough openings. Besides finding out what I want to do, with youth unemployment soaring to 16%, double the overall unemployment rate, who is to say that I will get that dream job with a steady income? 

It was in the midst of my despairs that I opened up my emails from my school’s career services and noticed openings in management training programs in major corporations like Macy’s and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Right now, they are not really a mainstream post-grad option yet, with most people either opting to take internships or full-time job offerings, but they are surely getting more popular. Most programs are usually about a year to 18 months long and incorporate accepted students immediately into the work culture. Through rotational curriculums, chosen applicants get to experience working in the different departments that go into maintaining a successful business— such as finance, law, marketing and advertising. Programs require trainees to work in small groups to focus on building skills in leadership, team building, and critical thinking. Not to mention, most management training programs are more likely to pay better than that unpaid internship you’re also considering taking. 

What appealed most to me was the idea that I can take my time to really get a feel for what I want to do with my future. It’s one thing to say, “I want to be an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.” but it’s another to try it out before you commit, and who knows maybe you’ll find something else that you love better! In a society that is more obsessed with making use of that pricey college degree and less with finding yourself in the real-world, we take for granted the importance of putting ourselves ahead of the ideal career. 

If you figure out what you love, and make sure you’re good at it, everything else will naturally fall in place. So why not simultaneously do something you love and looks good on your resume? In the words of Daria from the hit 90’s MTV show, “My goal is not to wake up at forty with the bitter realization that I’ve wasted my life in a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens.” I ultimately decided to take a chance with DDR Corp’s management training program, so I guess we’ll see where that path will lead! 

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