While most students are looking forward to home cooking and a break from classes, there is a downside to going home for the holidays. The dreaded questions from well-meaning family members about what you’re going to do (insert “with your major?” “this summer?” “after graduation?” “with your life?” here) can’t be avoided. And while it starts to feel less well-meaning and more accusatory the more you are asked, hopefully the tips below can help you manage.
Question: What are you going to do with your (fill in the blank) major?
Answer: Use the knowledge, skills and great GPA I gained from it to find a job I’m just as interested in. As you probably know, statistics show that major doesn’t necessarily define your career path. It’s really a combination of academics, experience, skills and passion that get you hired. And while I’m not entirely sure where I’ll end up just yet, I’m confident that my academics have given me the knowledge and skills I’ll need to succeed in the workplace, and more importantly in life.
Question: Are you going to do an internship this summer?
Answer: Yes, I’m currently searching for one. Actually, since you are a working professional, you might have some friends or colleagues who might be looking for an intern. I’ll email you a copy of my resume in case you think of someone you can forward it to on my behalf. If you think they’d be open to an informational interview, please email me their contact information and I’ll set one up. The more people I connect with on this, the better my chances are of finding an internship I want, so I’d really appreciate your help with this.
Question: Do you have a job yet?
Answer: (If the answer is yes, take time to ENJOY this moment! You earned it!)
Alternate Answer: No, but I’m currently working with a Career Coach at school to help me find one. (Make an appointment with a Career Coach in Slavin 108 as soon as you get back to school so this isn’t a lie!) If you hear of any openings, please let me know, as I’m exploring many options.
Question: Was it worth paying all that money for a liberal arts degree?
Answer: Yes. In addition to the critical, rhetorical, teamwork, leadership and communication skills I gained, which is what employers are looking for, I also gained a personal and professional network of fellow friars that are willing to help me now, and in the future, to be the person I want to be. “Forever a Friar” is more than just a catchy phrase for us!
Enjoy the break and let the questions begin!