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What to Expect After Graduation

12 May 2015 By Emily Hohf

Cheerful students throwing graduation caps in the AirSo much of your time and effort goes into your education, but what comes next? After graduation, it’s time to establish your career goals, find a job, and start paying off any student loans you may have acquired. These tasks can seem daunting, but there are plenty of resources available for assistance now and after graduation.

Professional Development

The Pioneer Pacific Career Services Department offers a Professional Development Course for students prior to graduation. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of post-graduation skills. Use this class to help set career goals, prep materials like your resume and cover letter, learn how to network, and other career-oriented tools to help you succeed.

The Pioneer Pacific Blog is another great resource for students and graduates. There are plenty of articles related to post-graduation success. You can keep checking back for nuggets of knowledge as you search for your job and advance toward your career goals.

Finding The Job

Once you’ve figured out your career goals, begin searching for a job that will help you achieve them. If you need help setting goals or finding resources for job leads, contact the Career Services Department for one-on-one assistance. We’re here to help you find resources for job opportunities while preparing you for interviews and debriefing with you after each one.

You can also check our list of Online Job Resources to help you with your search, or search the Job Openings at Pioneer Pacific to see if joining our team will align with your career goals.

Depending on your degree, it’s advisable to look at paid internships as a way to transition from post-graduation into a full-time career. Internships can be a great way to gain experience in an industry while strengthening your resume.


If you’ve taken out loans, it will be time to start paying shortly after you graduate. You can set up a payment plan or customize your repayment plans to meet your expectations. You should be notified about your loans, in accordance with what type of loan(s) you took out. Follow the promptings to set up a payment plan. Be sure to figure loan repayment into your budget as you plan for your salary in your new position.

Be ready for graduation by using the resources available to you at Pioneer Pacific College. The Career Services Department is here to help provide you with everything you need upon graduation. Contact the department to meet with a career services representative and plan your future!

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