Job Hunt 2011

We are now coming up to half way through our internship experience. So what’s next? When do we start looking for new jobs? Is it too early or...

We are now coming up to half way through our internship experience.

So what’s next?

When do we start looking for new jobs?

Is it too early or too late to start applying?

Having one of our intern-peers cut her time short and venture out into the real working world got me thinking. Should we be already on our next job hunt?

Before my internship, I was unemployed for two and a half months. And as fun as sleeping in, and catching up on the View was, my savings account was depleting and the actual task of finding a job was borderline torture!

About a week before Janet left the program I was offered a position with a local University that I had been in contact with over the past few months. It paid quite a bit more then what I am making now and I was able to receive benefits after 3 months. Although it wasn’t my dream job, it was most defiantly a step in the right direction. The only down fall was that it was only a 4-month contract with a “possible” renewal at the end of the 4-months. After a weekend of heavy thinking and phone calls to family for their advice, I clearly choose to stick out my internship, as I thought my experience over the 6 months would be more valuable and would help me land a similar job at a similar pay to the one offered.

But what happens if an offer never comes? Or what if I complete my internship and then become unemployed for another 3 months? It’s probably something that has popped into all of our minds since beginning our internships and will be a thought that will take over our brains in the months to come.

So really, help me out! When is it appropriate to look for another job? And if that “dream job” comes along before our September good-bye, should we take it, or fulfill our internship contract?

Luckily, I am one of the interns that will be able to stay on an additional month or two after the final internship date and since beginning my internship I have honestly been having a lot of fun and enjoying my days! – but for my own “personal gain” – When should I be looking for my next full time position? When should job hunt 2011 commence?

*Please everyone feel free to pass on your comments. And for all of our ON co-op leaders and advisors, please hand out any advice!*

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