One of the most underrated chore… Yes, Chore! is job hunting. It is exhausting, frustrating and sometimes just depressing.
Applying for multiple jobs with no call or feedback from any of the companies you applied to, allows that hopeless feeling to forcefully creep in.
When I graduated college 3 years ago, I truly learned that being in college was the easy part. The hard part begins after the commencement.
I remembered during my graduation, people kept asking me “what is next?” and “do you have a job already?” I didn’t have a job yet and I wasn’t in the mindset of going to graduate school, but guess what? I told everyone that graduate school was next just so they would get off my back, but my biggest issue still remained…. Finding a job!
It took me two months to find a job and some might consider that to be a relatively quick timeline.
So here is my biggest job search tip for recent grads!
When job searching, look for “Management Trainee Program” Jobs. These positions are typically entry level with no experience required, so you have a better chance at getting it.
Also, these positions are great because the focus of the company is to train you, while you learn every facet of the company, and after 1-2 years, companies typically promote people from this position to managerial roles.
It is a great way to get into a company, learn as much as you can, and get promoted as quickly as possible.
So below are a few (5) companies with phenomenal Management Trainee Program, but there are tons more on indeed and glassdoor. Seriously, just type “management trainee program” on google and see the countless programs.
What They Do: Geico provides insurance to a wide range of customers, whether they’re employed by Uncle Sam or the private sector.
Where Hiring: Macon, Georgia; Raleigh, NC; Buffalo, New York and more
Program Details: Participants In this program will learn all about Geico operations and will be on the fast-track to management. You will learn all the tools you will need to succeed, and at the end of your program, you’ll be ready to manage a team of associates. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business or a related field, and a 3.0 overall GPA required.
What They Do: “Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is part of a portfolio of rental brands operated by Enterprise Holdings.”
Where Hiring: Helena, MT; Charleston, SC; Dearborn, MI; Fall River, MA and many more
Program Details: Enterprise prides themselves on a promote-from-within culture, and it all starts with their Management Training Program. Management Trainees start by managing a nearby Enterprise location and work their way up to an airport location, preparing them for both high-level management as well as corporate positions. Fun fact: the current CEO, Pamela Nicholson, is a graduate of the Management Training Program herself!
What They Do: Paychex is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, HR, retirement, and insurance services.
Where Hiring: Rochester, NY; Greensboro, NC; Phoenix, Arizona; Nashville, TN and more
Program Details: Customized new-hire training programs for sales and services employees. The new-hire programs are a combination of virtual learning at an employee’s home base and instructor-led learning at a state of the art training facility in Rochester, New York
What They Do: “The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.”
Where Hiring: New York City; San Francisco; Dallas; Salt Lake City and more
Program Details: High-performing undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of study — regardless of major — can apply to Goldman Sachs’ New Analyst Program, which takes in students with little professional experience and provides them with the resources, skills, and network needed to achieve success in the world of finance. There’s also the New Associates program for those with an MBA or several years’ experience. Beyond these programs, employees at all levels have access to Goldman Sachs University, their internal training, and development function.
What They Do: “Jet’s mission is to become the smartest way to shop and save on pretty much anything.”
Where Hiring: Hoboken, NJ; San Bruno, CA and more
Program Details: Participants in the Category Specialist Program are empowered to own an entire product category on all Walmart e-commerce sites. Category Specialists learn the necessary tools and skills to manage p&l, negotiate with vendors, and optimize performance, and receive regular performance evaluations and coaching.