Happy Grad: Miranda Cole

  Age: 23 Graduation Date: 2013 Major: Human Resource Management School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Current Position: Management Trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car  

Q: What was your biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world”?

My biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world” was having to pay for bills.

Q: What five words would you use to explain your job search as a recent grad?

Career fair, fast, networking, alumni, research.

Q: What is it about your situation now that makes you a happy grad?

My current situation that makes me a happy grad is being in a training programs with others who are in the same "boat" as me. We are all recent college graduates still on the search for what we really want to be doing the rest of our lives. The Enterprise training program gives you the opportunity to explore an entire corporation, while building your knowledge and giving you many different paths for your future whether you stay with the company, or look for a different career path.

Q: What are the best things about your current role?

The best things about [my] current role [are] all the different opportunities Enterprise offers on a daily basis that allow you to build your resume.

Q: What advice would you give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love?

The advice I would give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love is to not get discouraged if they don't get their dream job right out of school. Don't just settle for any ol' job. They should definitely select a job that allows them to explore different potential career paths, so they can see what may or may not work for them.
Don't just settle for any ol' job.

6. What are some of the best things about being a recent grad?

[The best thing] about being a recent grad is that you are given the chance to explore without too many REAL responsibilities like paying for a mortgage, raising a family, etc. You definitely have a larger list of responsibilities, but everyday you are still learning how to grow up.

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