3 Things You Must Do Before Graduation

It’s October.  It’s officially the month of post-grad tests, job fairs, grad school applications and trying to boost your network before second semester senior year – so you can get a job.  Depending on where you are in this mess of a year, you might be worried, confused, or you could be doing alright.

I only have three tips for doing well this year.

1.  Network!  If you don’t know what you want to do after college, spend sometime networking with people you admire.  Apply for cool opportunities, jobs, and grad schools.  Talk to people.  Believe me, they definitely want to help you.

  • Use social media.  Find people on LinkedIn & Twitter who do things you want to do.  Ask them for an informational interview.  Get their advice.
  • Go to events and meet alumni.  Tell them what you have in mind.  Admire what they’ve done and tell them what you want to do.

2. Enjoy this year.  You’re only a senior in college once.  Spend some time with people you may not see for a very long time.

  • Take risks. Do some things you’ve never done.  Self explanatory.
  • Connect with your professors.  They’re professors for a reason.  They want to help you so spend some time in their offices.

3.  No matter where you are or what you’re doing a year from now, Know that you’ll be fine.  If someone had told me that I could live on my own in the city on a teller’s salary and have money left over – I wouldn’t have believed it.  But it’s true.  You’ll be fine in this bad economy.  If you have to take a job that you don’t want, take it, but never lose sight of your vision.   And you can do amazing things.  Just enjoy it – know that a year from now, you’ll be somewhere in the world making waves (because that’s just what millenials do =).

What’s your best tip for college seniors? 

Adrienne Johnson is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A graduate of DePauw University and a self-proclaimed “nerdette,” she can’t get enough of witty shows like Community and New Girl while discussing articles from her favorite blogs with friends. She laughs loudly, sings constantly, and will always have a place in her heart for the cello. Get in touch.

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5 Traits You Need to Be the Best at Your New Job

Being a newbie is awful.  Thankfully you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new job.

1. Initiative. Make yourself knowledgeable.  You have tons of questions right now.  Make yourself familiar with the resources available to you (i.e. Policies & Procedures).

2. Confidence. Be willing to take (reasonable) risks.  At some point you’ll have to own your responsibility.  Once you’re familiar with the general aspects of your work, don’t be afraid to take (reasonable) risks on the job.

3. Wisdom. Learn from others’ mistakes. ‘Nuff said.

4.  Intuition. Listen to your gut.  If someone asks you to do something that would jeopardize you or give you added responsibility for their work, don’t do it.

5. Humility. Utilize constructive criticism. Everyone hates Newbie Know-it-All.  If a co-worker offers a suggestion, it’s more likely they want you to improve and less likely they’re trying to control your every move.

BONUS: Work ethic. Never take shortcuts.  They will be found out.  Do things the hard way first.  Then find faster and more efficient ways to complete tasks after you’re more familiar with your position.

Being a newcomer on the job isn’t the most exciting time in life, but with a little effort, you’ll be settled in ASAP.

What other tips would you give newbies on the job?

Adrienne Johnson is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A graduate of DePauw University and a self-proclaimed “nerdette,” she can’t get enough of witty shows like Community and New Girl while discussing articles from her favorite blogs with friends. She laughs loudly, sings constantly, and will always have a place in her heart for the cello. Get in touch.

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