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Factors that could stand in the way of my career

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Factors that could stand in the way of my career goals include: other recent college graduates, competitors with more job experience, potential new environments, and financial independence following graduation. Other College Graduates Indeed I have taken precautions in being able to secure a job after graduation, but I am not the only college graduate striving to be the best in their field. About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 in 2012 were jobless (Weissman). Because I graduate in May 2014 you must also estimate the college graduates of 2013 and 2014, in order to get a good picture of all the competition I will inevitably face in my search. Competitors With Job Experience Not only do I face competition from recent college graduates, and graduates with internships, but I will also have to overcome people who have already existed in the job market and have gained valuable experience. These competitors have more knowledge of interviews,
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11 and most likely a better understanding of the job field. Overcoming these more qualified challengers for a job require me to develop excellent interviewing skills. Potential New Environment While having the ability to move where I please can benefit me, it can also harm me. Moving to new cities can become very costly when you factor in breaking your existing lease, transferring all of your belongings to your new home, finding a new lease and putting down a security deposit, it becomes overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that while trying to start a career you posses zero knowledge on how to get around town. This can cause extra stress on what is already a taxing experience. Financial Independence As graduation looms closer so does my financial independence. Once I earn my degree I will officially be cut off from my parents, meaning I’m going to have to manage and pay all of my bills and taxes on my own for the first time. As previously stated I struggle with the ability to budget, thus making this threat possibly the most dangerous and stressful. As I begin a new job I will also have a set of financial responsibilities that are sure to clash and cause unwanted chaos. Alternatives As graduation continues to approach, I must develop practical alternatives for my chosen career path. It is imperative that these alternatives resolve my problem statement specified in the beginning of the plan on page 1. These alternatives all utilize the creative marketing mediums I have explored, and implement the necessary steps towards obtaining a job in the Texas public relations job market. Therefore each alternative is appropriate for my career ambitions. The list of prospective options include: an entry level Event Promotions job in Austin, Texas, working for Austin Events; an entry level Marketing Associate job in San Marcos, Texas, working for Leverage Management Inc.; and an entry level public affairs specialist in Dallas, Texas, working for ExxonMobil.
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12 Working in Austin, Texas
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