Minneapolis - The year 2007 marked a major year for Anna Weggel. She was the acting Editor-in-Chief for the Minnesota Daily, graduating in May with a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and on a whim pitched herself to the New York Times as a potential blogger for their new series "The Graduate." Luck was on her side, as by April, Anna was blogging about her expectations, hopes, and fears as a graduating senior. Her posts read like they are my own thoughts, anxieties, and obsessions over the future. One post read:
"I want not just any job - I want one that's going to make me feel like a worthwhile citizen, contributing to the betterment of society. I want a job that's worth something. I want a job that's going to pay me dirt and make me not mind."
Anna spoke openly about her post-grad job search that started long before her commencement ceremony. She spent hours a day online searching different publications and organizations for opportunities in entry level positions. She was willing to work any position, while at the same recognizing if a position was not the appropriate match to again seek new employment options.
Anna found that her blog posts for the New York Times had allowed her an amazing opportunity, to list the New York Times as a past employer. She graduated college eager to find a great job and happily took her first official position as an intern for an organization in San Francisco. It wasn't long before she found herself anxious to explore new options. Within six months, she was traveling to the East Coast for an internship in Washington, D.C. Her internships began to build credibility to her already impressive resume. Each new position she took, she continued to network and seek new and greater opportunities. By the end of her first official year out of college, she had begun to hear news of an innovative public journalism project based back in St. Paul. It didn't take much to convince her to head home and grab that opportunity by the horns and prove her capability as an insightful and inquisitive journalist.
Anna credits her New York Time freelance and her two internships as being the significant reasons behind the Minnesota Public Radio even granting her an interview.
This leads me to Anna's most voiced advice about graduating from college and entering the job market, job hunt until you've sent your resume to a hundred possible options just to send one hundred more.