Post-grad plans

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By Steve Zoski, Daily Staff Reporter
Published January 17, 2012

The Michigan Daily surveyed 30 students out of seven of the University's schools and colleges to learn about what they want to do after they graduate and how the University has helped them get there. Here's what they had to say.

What are you planning on doing after you graduate?

I'll be working as an account manager at Google. I plan to travel around Europe for a few weeks, and work at a summer camp before starting with Google. Longer term, I will most likely stay with Google for a couple years, then get my MBA.
–Michael Gardner, Business senior

I’m still looking. It looks like I have a couple options, but School of Ed is pretty iffy, especially with the job market. Nothing concrete. I have a summer job that I have to do to pay my rent, and there are lot of career fairs in the summer, and teachers don't tend to get hired until August.
–Kristen Hengtgen, Education senior

I’m not really sure. It kind of just depends on if I meet somebody, or if an opportunity comes up, but it could be volunteering or it could be getting a teaching job, or it could be going to graduate school. But I still have two more years.
–Morgan Beckett, Art & Design sophomore

I’m either going to take a year off or apply to grad school.
–Tom New, Architecture junior

Get a job. And then go to school later again.
–Sarah Brown, Engineering junior

Well, for next fall I’m going to hopefully get into grad school. I'm going to teach voice lessons. I'm singing in “Poliachi” with the Detroit Opera Theatre in the chorus, which is paid, and I have to join the Union.
–Jeffrey Wilkinson, Music, Theatre & Dance senior

After graduation I’m looking to go into consulting, analyzing business problems – improving businesses from the inside and the outside.
–Rikav Chauhan, LSA senior

I'm applying to medical school. I have a couple internships, but everything is kind of hinging on medical school.
–Jack Hessburg, Engineering senior

Michael Gardner, Business senior
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Do you think the University has prepared you for the career you want?

I think LSA does not do as well of a job as other schools such as Ross does. I worked through Ross’ infrastructure and it has made my life easier, but I think LSA definitely needs to get their stuff together.
–Rikav Chauhan, LSA senior

I think Art & Design is a good base for it, but there's no fashion that they offer here. But I think it’s a good start into the art field.
–Jessica Ford, Art & Design junior

–Sidney Migoski, Architecture junior

I would say yes. At first, I was kind of doubting it, but I had an internship over the summer with General Motors, and I was way ahead of what they were asking me to do. So it was really easy, and they thought I was like a genius. But, when I'm here, I don't feel like that. I feel smarter at work than I do at school.
–Brandi Patrick, Engineering junior

I think we could use more help, especially with such a volatile job market for teachers, we could use a lot more help. I feel very unprepared.
–Kristen Hengtgen, Education senior

Kind of an interesting question. It’s helped me to some degree. I mean, obviously I'm going to be jumping into an entire different niche for a career. The saxophone’s kind of been a part of my growth in terms of, I'm viewing it as like an interconnected part of how I want to pursue my life. So I have developed some fundamental skills I can carry over into my entrepreneurial pursuits. But in terms of like directly helping it, I'm going to have to be learning a lot about entrepreneurial things in that regard. But in terms of core fundamentals, it definitely has helped me as I pursued my saxophone-performance degree.
–Charles Kemp, Music, Theatre & Dance senior

Definitely. I’m a percussionist – the facilities here are great, and we’re always able to practice, and there's always enough gear. Also, just the position the professors put us in, by allowing us to experience different atmospheres of performance, whether it be festivals overseas, in the States, competitions, and also different performances of different styles. It’s definitely worth the money and the time we put in.
–Garrett Mendelow, Music, Theatre & Dance junior

Absolutely, especially when I go home during breaks and see some of my friends who are having a difficult time finding jobs. And I could be biased because the Business school, but it's definitely been worth every minute of my time here, and the money, and everything.
–Alana Font, Business senior

Brandi Patrick, Engineering junior
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Has your ideal career changed since you began college?

I think it’s gotten more specific. I always knew I wanted to go into business. I didn't know really if I wanted corporate finance or marketing, but I think this last semester taught me what I’m interested in.
–Allissa Miller, Business junior

To be honest, coming into college I didn’t even have an idea of what a career would be. Definitely what I’m going to be doing is beyond anything I ever imagined. I’m really thankful to have the opportunity to actually have a job lined up for after graduation. But coming into college, I don’t think that I had my heart set on anything, which made it a lot easier, I wasn’t disappointed anything didn’t work the way I wanted them.
–Alana Font, Business senior

Yeah it has. I started off being pre-med, and I’ve kind of moved more into business now.
–Rikav Chauhan, LSA senior

Definitely. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started and through doing research and programs like UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) and taking a variety of classes, I really found what I like.
–Amanda Klein, Engineering senior

Yes, it has. I thought about Engineering, and then I thought about religion, and then I thought about everything in LSA and then I realized I just wanted to be an architect.
–Zara Gilbert, Architecture junior

Definitely, yeah, definitely. I mean, I saw myself going all the way through to become a professor as a saxophonist, but now I have no interest in that. I still want to play my instrument, but I want to pursue more start-up, business-related things. I still play the instrument, I love it to death, but I think it was just I want to be able to fund my lifestyle and I realize the saxophone doesn't really provide that to that degree.
–Charles Kemp, Music, Theatre & Dance senior

I don't think the ideal career has changed so much. However, I think I recognize more capabilities. I still have the same goals of being more focused in performance – however, professors have kind of gotten me to see that I could do other things within the realm of music or my major.
–Garrett Mendelow, Music, Theatre & Dance junior

No, I always wanted to be a teacher. I hope to eventually be a college professor, but I plan to start in high school.
–Kristen Hengtgen, Education senior

Garrett Mendelow, Music, Theatre & Dance junior
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What would you tell your 12th grade self?

Don't spend so much time on Facebook.
–Garrett Mendelow, Music, Theatre & Dance junior

I don’t know (laughs). I always wish I had practiced more. I feel like I could’ve been ahead coming into the gate if I had been as disciplined as I am now then. But I mean, things seemed to work out all right as they are.
–Laura Longman, Music, Theatre & Dance and LSA junior

Learn how to study, because I didn't start studying until I came here. So I had a hard transition.
–Brandi Patrick, Engineering junior

Keep your mind open about possibilities of changing careers or interests, because I know in high school everybody is pretty set and I think its like 80 percent end up changing their minds, and I would say the number is probably like 100 percent, I think everybody ends up switching.
–Jamison Dullea, Architecture junior

I’d say figure out exactly what I want to do so I don't waste time jumping around here, and also apply for scholarships.
–Imodu Kerobo, Business senior

Take AP Bio.
–Sarah Brown, Engineering junior

Don’t listen to university advisers. My first adviser I had in the LSA program had no idea about the School of Education or any of the schools other than LSA. He had no suggestions for me. And then when I went to the School of Ed (before I got in), an adviser who is no longer there told me to take a super, super hard class and it really messed up my GPA. I ended up on taking 19 credits in a semester ... It just wasn't a good experience.
– Becca Spitzer, Education senior

I would probably tell my 12th grade self to remember where you’re going in life and to keep the important values in mind and not get lost in just the work. Remember to stop and look at the things that are happening around you.
– Jordan Isom, Business junior

Imodu Kerobo, Business senior
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