From visiting a dozen universities so far this fall, one element has definitely stood out: How accelerated the job-hunting process has become on campuses.
This applies not only to upcoming grads, but even juniors and some sophomores that are accepting return internship offers.
With some students, there’s a sense of urgency to simply be done with the process. As friends and colleagues line up positions, there is also an air of peer pressure to accept offers, creating both stress and additional sense of urgency within individuals.
Companies that are out early and can make that first offer definitely have a degree of ball control. It’s hard to decline an offer when it’s the only one you may have at the time.
Big companies with lots of resources know that. That’s why they are on campus so early and utilize things like exploding offers to force candidates to make a quick decision before other opportunities present themselves.
Let’s be realistic. It’s early October. If you are aspiring to join a startup, most of those companies have not even thought about their needs for the spring. They’ll be doing so in the coming months and the first quarter of 2016.
If you find a great position that fits your career goals and aspirations, by all means consider and/or accept it. However, if you feel like you’re settling or have your heart set on accelerating your career at a startup, realize that there will be terrific opportunities coming down the road.
Last year we had multiple students land outstanding positions at several incredible companies after they made initial contact in April. We also know students that have waited until after graduation to start the job search process and found terrific positions relatively quickly.
You deserve it and owe it to yourself to explore your options. Let’s be clear: there is high demand for talented students that have assembled a strong body of work, particularly in computer science, design and engineering. In all likelihood, you’ll have options.
Companies should realize that and provide you with an ample window to allow you to do this. That’s why universities have timeline guidelines on company offers, to afford you the opportunity to do just that.
In addition, for those interning one of the beautiful things about the collegiate process is to explore different types of companies and even locations. It helps you fine tune what you want to do and where you want to be when you graduate.
Just remember, for many startups you’ll just need to be a little patient.