Emily Richardson was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and a recent Alumna of The Ohio University in Athens, OH. Throughout college, she was involved in different groups and Alpha Kappa Psi, a Professional Business Fraternity. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with Wells Fargo and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Check out her (up and coming) new blog The Now What? (http://thenowwhat.com), her professional profile (http://emilyprichardson.com) and look for her posts here on admitopia.com!
Accepting a Job
As career fairs are ending, and interviewing is well on its way soon to be graduates are beginning to think, a job is a job, right? That is a very common thought among recent graduates and seniors. Taking that first step and becoming a “real functioning human being.” Meaning, no more Tuesday-booze days, or late nights at The Library, which is a bar right off campus. When to-be grads and recent grads are searching for that “perfect” job they think is out there, there are a lot more things to consider than what you may think.
So, you get an offer. The excitement is overwhelming; you are so excited and want to accept. It is a job you worked hard for, you studied the company, practiced potential questions and thoroughly triple checked every form of communication with them, even the thank you email that was two sentences. And finally, your work paid off, you received an offer from a company you feel could be the perfect, maybe in a new city that sounds exciting.
So do you accept?
Before you accept any job, because for whatever reasons you have, here are a few things to think about:
Will it be affordable?
How much of that hard earned paycheck will be going towards rent, transportation, groceries, and bills? Will you still be able to be young and semi-spontaneous or do you not care to be? Living in a new place can be very expensive; living alone makes it twice as much. So before you formally accept make sure that it is the right choice financially.
What is the culture like in the office?
Will you be comfortable where you work? If you are able, which I would highly recommend, visit the office and the area you will be working in and truly get a feel for the environment. It may seem exciting and perfect but give it some thought. Visiting the place of work is very important to ensure that you won’t be overwhelmed, and you’ll enjoy the atmosphere.
Do you know anyone in the area?
Maybe it is not a big deal for you and meeting people is second nature, or you are conveniently getting hired with more people your age. But, that’s not always the case. If you do not know people in the area, and think you can meet people easily, great! But, when you move to a new city it is not like you are going to college, and everyone needs friends, people already have their friends established and breaking into those groups is not always easy. However, if you do know someone in the area, try and live with them… living alone is expensive and can get lonely.
These three points sound like common sense and are hopefully things you do think of, I know I claimed I thought all this through but quickly found that I hadn’t. Remember making the decision on where to go to college? Take the process of accepting a job similar to that. It is a big decision especially if you are moving somewhere new!