As you all know, I am a recent graduate. There are so many things I wish I would have known before stepping foot into the “Real world.” One big misconception is that your professional career begins once you graduate. The truth is during school you should already be making moves towards your future. Here are 5 Career tips that you NEED to hear:
Unfortunately, I didn’t start my internships until my last year of college. Fortunately, I got 2 done by the time I graduated. I can’t stress enough the importance of attaining an internship. An internship not only gives you a taste of what it will be like to work after you graduate, but it also teaches you many valuable lessons. Being able to shadow someone and learn new things about whatever industry you’re leaning towards can drastically help once you start your job search. Have you ever seen job postings saying “Must have 2+ years of experience) and think to yourself ” How am I supposed to have 2+ years of experience when I just graduated?” Well ladies and gents, THAT is why internships exist. BAM! Fresh out of school with some experience!
2. Network! Network! !NETWORK!!!
Networking is all about building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. Building these relationships help you stay connected and up to date with professionals in your field. They can also help when looking for jobs, referrals, or advice. One good way to start building your network is by keeping in contact with people you worked with in your internships, advisers, professors, and other students at school.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn, create one ASAP! There are so many reasons why LinkedIn is worth your time. One of those reasons is that LinkedIn holds over 500 Million professional profiles. That’s a lot of opportunities waiting for you. On this platform you can create your profile, which contains your past work experience, skills, volunteer experiences, education, and so much more. There is also an option to search for companies and job openings. Tip: Add the people your “Networking” with on LinkedIn. See the cycle happening here?
4. Learn something new!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” or at least in this case Improve yourself and your career. There are so many things that you can learn that will make you stand out. Not only will this give you the opportunity to become a backbone for a business but it will also add to your skills and boost up your resume. Open up your mind and learn new things. 🤓 Here are some examples:
- Language- ( Try the Duolingo app for free, I’m currently using this one to learn french!)
- Speed Reading
- Strategic Planning
- Effective Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Memory Skills
5. Be Patient.
Job hunting is a job itself. So remember to have patience, be consistent, and confident. It may be taking longer than you would like but if you continue your journey you will find your perfect match. Try focusing on mini milestones to make the long wait and hard work less dreadful. It’s okay to praise yourself when you finally finish revamping your resume and cover letter or when you’ve done your research and made a list on companies that you want to apply to. Than take the time to appreciate when you finally sent in your resume, and of course CELEBRATE when you are called (or emailed) for an interview!!🎉