Korn Ferry: 3 Job-Seeking Steps for the Class of 2019

Korn Ferry's CEO says, for the approximately 2 million college undergrads entering the workforce this year, the number one advice is to look ahead -- but not too far.

Don't think you can see the finish line from here. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Shortening your time horizon to between 12 and 18 months for your first job accomplishes three key things.

Yes, you need to get a job, which given the 3.6% unemployment rate (the lowest rate since 1969) will be far easier for you than it was graduating classes a decade ago. But if you try to plan out your entire career from day one, you’ll quickly become frustrated and discouraged.

While a meaningful career of purpose and passion is the ideal goal, it’s unrealistic to expect that to happen with a first job. Even if you’re lucky enough to have an encouraging boss, great colleagues, and career-building experiences right from the start, you probably won’t start out where you end up. Even if you stay with the same company for your entire career, there will be a gap from your first job to your dream job.


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