In the midst of a pandemic, the thought of finding a job may be overwhelming. For many recent college grads, this pressure to find work can be tough mentally and emotionally. The standard corporate route may no longer be as desirable as it used to be and other non-traditional routes such as freelancing, consulting, or entrepreneurship may be more appealing. For those of you struggling, know that you are not alone, but that you have many options.
What Is Freelancing:
Let’s start with what is freelancing? I think Google says it best with its’ explanation that “working for different companies at different times rather than being permanently employed by one company.” I know this may be hard to understand at first, but it’s super simple! You work for a bunch of different companies or clients as your own boss.
In college, I felt the pressure to secure a great internship with a Fortune 500 company and then go on to spend my days in office life at one of these same companies. And for me, my path never took me that way and I felt like I was failing. Most colleges don’t help you explore your options unless you take the time to do it yourself, and I think it hurts many students while in school.
So while you hear about your peer with a great internship or job working at a Fortune 500 company while you don’t know what you’re going to do, don’t beat yourself up for it. Take the time to explore your other options! Different things I worked on in college included working for small businesses of 50 people or less, working for startups, and pursuing different ways to make money like a really really bad sticker that is wildly popular on Redbubble. In my opinion, the experiences I’ve had have made me a better employee for myself and others. I know how to work hard, I am resourceful, and I am very efficient.
WHY FREELANCE/WORK FOR YOURSELF?
- Job independence
- Can take work anywhere
- You are your own boss in many cases
SO, HOW DO I FIND WORK?
Here are some great platforms to find work and list services:
Want to work for a startup?
If you’re creative consider putting your work on these sites:
- Interested in fashion? (start your own business selling clothing on depop, Poshmark, threadUP, etc.)
So if you don’t feel like that corporate job is right for you or you’re feeling a little lost and not sure what to do post-grad, don’t stress. Take some time for you to figure out what it is you really want to do, use your skills, and do what you love – even if it’s unconventional.
Looking for help getting started or feel overwhelmed? Feel free to contact me or check out my website for more information!