3 Tips for a Successful Life After Graduation
Graduation is coming (or here)… that’s right, like the Night King and the changing of a season there’s no escaping it. When the winter comes what will you do? We’re not saying the real world is a metaphor for unadulterated evil, but we are saying this change is inevitable, a little bit scary, and what comes next is something new AND exciting.
That said, here are few tips from our team that have helped us thrive IRL…
1. Stay Connected
“I hang out with a lot of the people I did when I was in high school, when I was in college, and I have a strong unit of people around me, whether it be friends or family, and if my head gets too big, they will definitely check me immediately.”
As you move on from college life into starting a career, you aren’t going out all on your own. Your relationships with your friends and family evolve into professional ones, and even better in many cases you continue to grow together.
Best practice is to be prepared. Connect with your classmates via LinkedIn and celebrate their success, offer help when they face challenges, and make introductions for them to others when it makes sense. You never know where your professional lives will take you, and it’s these people that can be just the right teammate at the most challenging and exciting times—both are better with each other.
Building that team or network as you go is all about meaningful connection. Always take minute to reflect on memorable qualities and simple characteristics—write these all down. Keep the connection alive in a way that makes the most sense for them, a text every once in a while, LinkedIn connection, Email, etc.
2. Don’t Stop Learning
“The willingness to keep learning is, I think, the most important thing about trying to be good at anything. You never want to stop learning.”
Look, the learning has just begun, and for the most part the only thing you’re an expert in is learning—you’ve been in school for most of your life at this point. Embrace that quality and don’t close the door on your education with a new degree—you know nothing.... It might feel like you’ve been training for your career for forever, you’re actually just a beginner (in fact, in the world of work we’re all beginners). The best part, from now on you own it all and every opportunity to learn is ultimately defined by you. It’s pretty simple: ask questions, read articles, and most importantly, WATCH and LISTEN to how those around you perform their jobs.
3. Don’t Worry If It’s Awkward at First
“Embarrassment and awkward situations are not foreign things to me.”
Starting a new job is hard—this won’t change. Just like your first day on campus, you’ll need to adjust and find people to eat lunch with, but if you stay open to the new opportunities, you’re going to be great. Recognize that it’s normal to feel out of place in a new environment, but everyone’s been in your shoes and no one expects you to be perfect from day one.
Well, how’d we do? Do you feel ready to take over the working world? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share these tips with anyone else who might need them.