I am a senior with a major in history. In case you might be wondering, I decided to learn history to become a developed communicator and critical thinker. Any navigator will tell you, to figure out where you are going, you got to know where you have been. I do not have plans on becoming a teacher. I spent my summers taking classes or as a leasing consultant for an apartment community. I am part of my university's work-study program during the school year (an admin).

My plan is to become an entrepreneur in the technology sector(custom solutions) in 5-10 years. I hesitate to be more specific, because I would need more information on market conditions and demand before I could commit to one business plan. I am not going to try to predict the future, but I do know there will be problems and I want to be ready to solve them. Until that day comes, I will gain experience while working full-time. I will use my salary to build capital for my future business.

Becoming a master salesman would be a valuable skill. I would love to become a manager. [u]My question[/u] is, what can I start doing [b]now[/b] as a soon-to-be college graduate in order to get an effective job by May of 2009?

-Which relationships should I be developing at this point with less than 7 months until I enter the real world?
-Where would a person with little to no experience look for an entry level job in sales or technology?

bug_girl's picture

One rather obvious question: have you visited your college's career center?
Depending on where you are, they may already have lots of contacts. And they can hook you into practice interviews, fairs, etc. Start with the low hanging fruit. :)

Alumni centers are also a great resource. Many alumni are happy to do informational interviews for new students, or give resume advice.

Lastly, a couple of places are notorious for offering managerial positions to new grads, but then hiding in fine print that you are required to work for them in a low-level position* or purchasing the materials you sell.
If it sounds like an amazingly good deal, read the fine print.

I'll let everyone else chime in, but you are on the right track--[i]relationships[/i].

*not inherently a bad thing, but surprising if you weren't expecting it.

bug_girl's picture

oh, and another thing-- :lol:

you do have experience, and it sounds pretty good!

What was the total value of the leases you sold last year?
Did you have a sales target? Did you meet it?
Did you handle repair requests? (trouble reports)

You said you were an admin--what did you administer? people? Stuff? money?

It's all about how you spin it.

AManagerTool's picture

The CEO of my pharmaceutical company (20+billion/year revenue) was a history major. He retired last year.

Don't get hung up on degree's. Your plan sounds good.

jhack's picture