Graduation is upon us. In just a few weeks, you’ll finish class and set out into this wonderful world. Where do you start?? Here are 5 things every fresh graduate should know:
If you think your hardships are through just because you graduated from college with flying colors, then you’re dead wrong. Life doesn’t start and end within the four corners of your classroom. Harder things are yet to follow and the best you could do right now is to brace yourself.
I also had a difficult time adjusting to a new life after getting my diploma. Still, I was able to pull it off and now I’m a proud member of the workforce. There’s a pretty big chance you’re going to experience that too! But worry not for knowing what’s to come is already half the battle. Without further ado, here are five things you should know about now that school’s over!
Experience is king
Don’t be surprised with the first tip and talk about the impossibility of you getting any experience since you’re a fresh graduate. The thing is, all of us were deceived back in high school. Teachers emphasized the importance of good grades too much when in fact, employers only value RESULTS. At the end of the day, you’re still going to be judged based on whether or not you have what it takes to do the job!
To put it bluntly, internships, making new connections to people who can assist you in certain work matters and even unpaid jobs have their weight in the urban jungle. Try doing any of them in case you’re having trouble getting employed.
Being money driven will destroy everything for you
As cheesy as it might sound, you need to follow your heart if you want to make it big. One way or another, you’re gonna find a way to earn money. However, there will come a time when you won’t be able to do the things you really want to do and that’s going to hurt… a lot!
Live a life with no regrets and find ways on how you could earn by doing stuff you’re really passionate about. Don’t be a slave to a high-paying job and then go home with a bag full of regrets. Remember that time waits for no one so, you have to make the most out of your life.
First impressions really do last
Dress up for the job you want or have and only open your mouth when you really need to. This isn’t school anymore! More often than not, you only have thirty seconds to close a deal or impress an employer. Thus, you have no choice but to do everything in your power to make sure that every precious second counts.
Moreover, try to be cautious when sharing stuff both on and offline. The things that you’re going to say and do will either make or break you.
Office politics exist
Indeed, the workplace is as crazy as the ones they show you in movies. There will be a lot of backstabbing and mudslinging. You’ve got to keep you guard up at all times or else you’ll be the laughing stock of your office mates.
Furthermore, always keep in mind that not participating on any kind of gossiping will make your life easier. The workplace is often filled with negativity. As the Bible teaches, if you’re not going to say anything nice then you’d best keep it to yourself.
Social media will be the end of you
Be it with Facebook statuses, Tweets or Instagram pictures, you need to be cautious when sharing stuff online. You’re not a kid anymore and that means immature rants and cursing are unacceptable. In connection with the fourth tip, save it for yourself when you can.
In addition to that, companies use their potential-employees social media profiles in order to know them better. The last thing you want to do is to create a “ghost” that’s going to stain your career!
College may be over but that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and growing as a person. You can’t rest easy just because school is over. Always remember that your graduation day marks the beginning of your new life!
For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Katherine Smithson!
Katherine Smithson is a budding copywriter who is trying to pave her way through the blogging realm. Through bestessays.com, she is currently venturing modern writing and blogging in different websites and someday be able to make a name in the industry of blogging and writing per se.