University Career Center

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We've all had to make decisions about a wealth of topics. But none are quite like making that final decision on your first post-graduate job offer. Whether it's already over or whether it will occur over the next few weeks/months, we all eventually have to go through the process of making a decision. The key to making your decision is to evaluate what's important to you and come to a sensible conclusion.

So what's a good approach to get things started? One approach is to make a list of the pros and cons of each offer. Look at all the different factors that are important to you. This could include but is not limited to: the organization's culture, values and brand name; its geographic location; career growth opportunities; and offer details such as your position, salary and benefits package. Another approach to determining where one offer beats another is to make a compare & contrast chart. Looking at where your offers are alike and where they differ can be incredibly valuable in determining what's the best choice for you.

It is also often a good idea to talk with various people before making your decision. One group to consider talking with is your parents - they typically understand you and know what's best. Friends, other family members and professors can also be helpful. Additionally, scheduling an appointment with an advisor at The Career Center to dig through your offers and figure out what matters the most to you is another route you can take. Finally, connecting with people at the respective companies you're interested in - whether through email, LinkedIn or some other means - to get a sense of what it's like to work there could be helpful as well.

When the time comes don't be afraid. The hard part is over. No matter what choice you make it will be a good one - that's why the decision is so hard! In the end things will work out for the best and along the way you'll gain experience and knowledge about yourself.

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