Finding a job is stressful, but so is trying to find a new employee. If you’re a hiring manager or anyone that deals with incoming employees, you know that starting a new job—and applying for one—can take a lot of work. As a graduating senior myself, I interviewed two students at American University who will be graduating this spring to get their opinion on the current PR and media relations job market.
Aaron Traub’s goal after graduation is to work at a large public relations agency. In his ideal career path, he would like to work in public affairs or corporate communications. He has found many applications aren’t even open yet. He says, “With job hunting, I find it difficult to schedule applying especially when applications aren’t out yet.” He continues by stating he believes if employers release applications earlier, chances are employers will have a larger pool of strong applicants, and applicants will be able to take more time on the application.
Samantha Jaffe who will be graduating with Cum Laude Latin honors adds, “After graduation, I am looking for a job where I can utilize the wide range of skills I’ve developed the past four years while also learning new skills and feeling that I am growing as a PR professional.” Learning on the job is important to graduates like Samantha. She believes learning shouldn’t stop after you graduate college. Jaffe also noted she wants to make a positive difference in the world and help others.
Even though job hunting is stressful, it is nonetheless exciting to begin working professional positions that allow for growth and learning to take place. When graduating in the spring, we can’t wait to see what the class of 2020 will accomplish!