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How recent college grads can create a 5-year career plan that sets them up for success during a recession



a man standing in front of a brick wall: Finding a job as a college graduate during a recession is not as hopeless as you think. Pekic/Getty Images


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Finding a job as a college graduate during a recession is not as hopeless as you think. Pekic/Getty Images

  • With multiple hiring freezes and a shaky job market, it’s been a challenging year for recent graduates.
  • However, Elana Lynn Gross, an author who writes about career and workplace trends, says this setback doesn’t mean you have to put your career plans on hold — in fact, it’s an opportunity to set new, actionable goals.
  • She recommends creating a five-year, SMART — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound — plan to stay on track.
  • Landing your dream may take longer than usual, but remember you can still hone in on what’s important to you, take on learning opportunities, and build up new skills in the meantime. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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