Despite the recent downward trend on the stock market, there are plenty of businesses looking to hire recent college graduates to their first professional position. What’s more, new members of the workforce have a myriad of different paths they can pursue –– from freelance careers to the more traditional nine-to-five setup. Regardless of your major or area of expertise, consider checking out one of these five exciting professional opportunities that could become available any moment:
Many business owners understand the importance of developing a following on social media. A good deal fewer know how to achieve such a goal, however. That’s great news for recent graduates (particularly communications majors) who –– for the most part –– exhibit high levels of social-media literacy. True, setting up your own Instagram page is quite different from running a professional social-media account, but new grads can still leverage their affinity toward social media in a profitable way!
It’s never too early to start investing in your own future. And you don’t have to be a stock-market maven to make a few smart decisions with business investments. Rather, by simply taking the time to educate yourself, you can hope to identify stock options that have big potential. Plus, finance and business majors will likely have a strong knowledge base to work from in this regard.
More and more businesses are hiring freelancers by the day. Indeed, according to some prognostications, freelancers may soon make up half of the American workforce. Whether or not that comes true isn’t all that important for new grads; what is important, though, is for recent grads to know how to market their own skills as a freelancer. The reality is, many businesses turn to freelancers to cover the odd writing, web design, or SEO project. As such, one day you may be asked to write about dentist office design ideas, and the next how to apply for a small business loan. Grads who want to work flexible hours and operate remotely should seriously consider freelancing.
Just because you didn’t attend a traditional four-year university, it doesn’t mean you can’t forge a lucrative career path. Far from it. The reality is, skilled laborers like welders, electricians, professional chefs (etc.) are in high demand, and a good deal of trade-school graduates will go on to earn more than their four-year university counterparts.
The Side Hustle
It’s never been easier to start a job with nothing more than your own vehicle and a driver’s license. While driving for a service like Uber or Lyft is one of the most popular side hustles around, there are a bevy of other businesses that will jump at the chance to higher recent college grads on a part-time basis. Don’t overlook these opportunities, because they could help you bridge the gap until you find a permanent position!
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