Students talk life after graduation

Kianna Collins
Before anyone knows it, graduation is impending, and the pressure to make a decision is on.
There are many things students could do after graduation. Laura Hutto, a biomedical sciences major from Calera who was a senior in the spring, was pursuing jobs.
“I spent a lot of time researching jobs that I wanted and any other potential jobs I could pursue,” Hutto said. “When you have a degree that can take you in a lot of directions, it’s good to know where to start.”
Hutto said she created her résumé and cover letter in the spring semester of her senior year.
“I started my résumé and cover letter early so the application process wouldn’t be so bad,” Hutto said. “Don’t be close-minded. Apply everywhere. … Every interview is good experience.”
Students also can pursue graduate degrees at Troy University. Beth Hyatt from Greenville was near completion of her master’s degree in strategic communication in the spring.
“I graduated in May 2014 and started grad school three weeks later,” Hyatt said. “I liked the fact that I could do the degree online.”
Hyatt said she can tell potential employers that she finished two degrees before the age of 23. She also added many skill sets to her  résumé, including journalism, communication, marketing and public relations.
Hyatt said she enjoyed her time as a graduate student, and the course load and content haven’t been stressful.
Chase Rushing, a Troy University alumnus, works at Amazon as a software developer in Seattle.
Rushing is originally from Luverne. Directly after he graduated, he went to graduate school at Auburn University
to get his master’s degree in software engineering.
“I knew it would be best to stick with academia while I was used to studying and homework,” he said. “I applied to Auburn and was lucky enough to get a role in a research lab to help cover tuition.”He came upon the opportunity with Amazon when he was talking with a friend about the friend’s experience there.
“I reached out to him on Facebook, and based on his feedback, I felt like Amazon would be a good fit,” Rushing said. “I sent in my résumé with him as my referrer.”
Rushing also said that students should network with classmates because they could provide a job referral in the future.
Rushing described the interview process as intense. He was interviewed on the phone and in Seattle. The Seattle interview lasted six hours.
He said to take advantage of the opportunity to meet interesting people — classmates and professors alike.
Troy University’s Career Services office helps Troy University students and alumni to find jobs. Office staffers will review résumés.
Lauren Cole is the coordinator at Career Services. When new students walk into her office, they often ask, “Can you help me pick a major?”
Some ask whether they can get a job, or they just don’t know what they want to do.
“We start them with career counseling, and they would take an assessment called Focus,” Cole said.
The assessment is available on the Career Services website (, and anyone can take it. After that, students return to Career Services to talk about their results and discuss majors and jobs, Cole said.
“We talk through with the students what their desires and expectations are,” Cole said. “We never tell them what to do.”
Career Services also provides services for alumni, including résumé reviews, appointments, and access to TrojanLINK — connections with jobs, interviews and employers.

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