It was about this time three years ago when the panic began to sink in. Spring commencement was just around the corner. My peers—and my parents—were asking, "What do you have lined up after graduation?” After four or more years at school, the whole point is to have a job lined up—but that's not as easy as it sounds.
I was proud to say that upon graduating I would be leaving for Nashville, Tenn., to do a dual internship at an artist management company and an independent record label. It was a temporary distraction from fear of the real world, which entailed submitting a million applications to a job board black hole and competing with thousands of other people who had the same experience I did.
Now, there are pre- and post-graduate career opportunities out there that students who secured a job before graduating, or found one shortly after, will tell you to take advantage of in order to gain the experience employers look for in new hires.