Good luck! There's nothing easy about a job search. Keep in mind, though, that having a computer means you don't to type the same letter over and over again. (I was using a cartridge typewriter back in 1985. It was better than a stone tablet and a chisel, but not by much.)
-Heather N. Paxton '85CC
Take a moment to yourself to grasp the moment! / Consider what you have achieved, because this is a major milestone and a turning point in your professional life. Record your thoughts and feelings, so that you can return back to that moment when things get tough. They will remind you your ability to succeed under difficult circumstances. This is you finishing the race - or just starting?
- Harry (Charalabos) Brilakis '95SEAS
make 'transition' with the support of mentors and the department in your graduate school that helps you locate job opportunities and professional development. / alumni needs to be organized with making accomplished alumni available to make the transition and for qualified mentors.
-Harriet Lubin '60CUSSW
Get to know as many alums and faculty in your area of interest
-Gordon Kaye '55CC '57 '61GSAS
There's a time and place for compromising, but sometimes you also need to put your foot down and say, "no, THIS is what I'm going to do." And then you go after it with such passion and drive that doing it becomes inevitable.
-Gillian Rhodes '12CC
If you haven't bonded to your class and your school by this point, too bad. If not, work on catch-up. Going to Columbia was one of the supreme experiences of my life. That was in 1964, and we still try to stay in touch with one another. (The profs are gone, of course.)
-George Fattman '64JRN
Get to know each other while at CBS and maintain contact afterwards. In the 1970-1972 time period, CBS was known for being very competitive and the student body did not seem particularly supportive and friendly. Many just went on their way, it seems, without looking back.
-Francis H. Dong, Ph.D. CC, GSB '72
My best advice for new graduates is to meet people and learn from their professional journeys. Meet with people in positions that you find interesting for an informational interview to learn more - those people may think of you in the future when opportunities pop up.
-Emily Jabber '06SW
Stay connected to the people that made an impact on you, whether that's friends, professors, staff, etc. Graduating doesn't have to mean losing your community, it might just take more effort to keep it strong.
-Emily Aronson GS/JTS '15
Listen carefully to your faculty adviser. To this very day I am sorry I did not heed Prof. Nobbe's advice to "continue and finish your Ph.D." --Must admit I had an unusual schedule during the years it took me to complete my M.A., since I was married, had my first child, held a full-time job, and commuted from Pennsylvania to Columbia.--It did not take long to realize Professor Nobbe was right!
-Ellie Schmidt, M.A. '63GSAS
Enjoy the moment of achievement and make sure to celebrate with your family and friends in the best way that you can. Life is full of many great moments, and graduating from Columbia is one memorable milestone worth sharing w/ loved ones. Take the time to create your own graduation memory.
-Eduardo Rivas '04SIPA
You are one of very few people who are both talented and fortunate enough to attend a world-class school like Columbia University. I know that graduating from Columbia took tremondous efforts. Please be proud of what you accomplished and continue to do something that make both you and your loved ones happy.
-Dongho Lee '10SEAS
Make use of as many Columbia resources as are offered. I didn't know enough to follow up this rich resource mine and regret it now.
- Dolores Dembus Bittleman '56GS
As a professional woman, you need to believe in yourself. There will always be men and women who will diminish your accomplishments. Remember, you don't want to work with them.
-Diana M. Bolick '86GS
Listen carefully to job offers, and then listen even more carefully to the alternative positions available within each firm offering you a position. Had I been more knowledgeable about how the offer I accepted, I could have increased my earnings and enjoyment 100% within my first four years at my initial posting out of business school.
-David Ross '85BUS
I believe very strongly that receiving a liberal arts degree remains one of the best ways to prepare for life in general, as well as for a career. In an era when many students are preoccupied with developing "practical" or "vocational" skills, I am more convinced than ever that a liberal arts education is an invaluable resource for negotiating life's complicated paths. The fact that Columbia College continues to offer its students an exceptional liberal arts curriculum is very reassuring to me.
- Daniel LaRue Gross '80CC
Design your own path and be fearless in following it, even if it feels lonely sometimes or if you're unclear about where it's going. Be the best version of your unique self, because there is only one of you.
-Cristina Handal BC 2007, GSAPP 2011
Advice for those who did a Grad School program - Remember the reason why you went to grad school in the first place? Stay focused on that goal. Sometimes, with everything that's going on, it's easy to forget or lose track.
-Chienye Ogwo '11JRN
Stay connected to your classmates and to University activities. Networking may not seem relevant now, but can be important to your career or simply for reminiscing about the good ol' days when you send your own kids off to college.
-Billie Tekel Elias '75SEAS
Arrange for interviews and job acceptance before graduation.
-Barbara Ponte Tolbert CUPH 1962