Graduation is coming up for some and right about now they are most likely filling out applications left and right for entry-level positions or fellowships. Unfortunately, not all of us will get a job straight out of college so instead of settling for an unpaid internship while you have loans to pay off, try to look for freelance positions.
Freelancing can be a great way to build up your experience while also expanding your circle of references. According to The Balance, there is no shortage of freelance positions and a fourth of freelancers report to find work within 24 hours.
Another benefit of freelancing is that some positions are remote so you can moonlight as a freelancer as well as have a full-time job depending on your availability. The Balance also states that 18% of freelancers have more than one source of income. You can freelance as a way to earn some extra money to help pay off those student loans quicker.
Freelancing is about showing off your skills in a particular area because the job role is very specific. This is where you can show off why you are good at what you do. If you are working in the communications field, you can freelance in almost any area such as SEO writing, digital media work, and other concentrated areas that are in demand.
In some cases, freelancers end up being hired after their contract is up so shining in that position would benefit you in the end because you would show your employer that you have what it takes to perform in that role full-time.
Graduates, it will be okay. Getting a job straight out of college is ideal but if you don’t get one immediately after graduating, it is not the end of the world. If you have the opportunity to freelance, even remotely, make sure that you are completing all tasks to the best of your ability so you can receive a glowing recommendation letter from them or even an offer for a full-time position.