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Advice For Recent College Grads

I'm Asking: What's Your Advice For Recent Grads?

Graduation season is finally here and the students who have forged through all that hassle for the tassel are met with a whole new world of concerns and uncertainty. Some will find jobs right away while others search for months and years. Some will earn more than their classmates from their first paycheck and others will find themselves working a job outside their planned field.

Whether you graduated yesterday, or three, five or 10 years ago, you've likely accrued your fair share of weighty advice for entering the work place and channeling your ambitions. What's your very best advice for recent grads? (Wearing sunscreen doesn't count!)

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pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
Keep an open mind and be versatile. Don't be afraid to explore. Along with Steph, I graduated with a BA in Psychology, but have been working in Finance at an audit firm. While it's important to pursue one's interests, it's equally important not to discount anything because of your lack of awareness.
Advah Advah 7 years
Adapt is a good one. What you studied doesn't mean you'll work in this very specific field, and it might turn out you actually like it better this way. So be open to opportunities and options. And volunteer - especially now the economy is difficult, it's a great way to build contacts, skills, and have a clearer of idea of what kind of jobs you want to fight for. Heck I always thought my dream job was anything publishing-related, but after a year of volunteering in this field I've realised that, no matter how lucky I'd be to get a job there, it's not what I thought it'd be and I'm actually more interested in different jobs.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Take a note from Charles Darwin -- adapt. Life is full of changes -- adaption is key. Be open to adapt on all levels -- personal, professional, spiritual, etc.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
1) If you can't find a full-time job right away, make sure you do something else with your time! Volunteer, blog, get a part-time job or temp, travel. And put this info on your resume. I speak from HR experience here -- no company wants to see unexplained lag time for a few months after you grad date on a resume. 2) Only have one credit card, and pay it off every month (or at least pay as much as you possibly can).
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
Don't let yourself get too excited about the first paychecks and start living like a rock star. Once you upgrade your lifestyle, it's very difficult to go back if it turns out you've overextended yourself.
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