Congratulations graduates, you’ve got your Degree! Now what? Is it time to enter the so called “real world”, to venture out on your own and earn yourself the big dollars?
Some may wish to continue to study, some will choose to go overseas for the trip of a life-time and others will choose to embark on their career – and there’s no right or wrong path. You’ve got to do what is right for you.
For me, the end of my degree meant time to start working – finally to sit at a desk and be paid for it, rather than the other way around. And I love it! But I do wish I went into the workforce, knowing a few extra things.
So here are my top eight pieces of advice I would go back and tell my young graduate self:
1. Don’t Rush
Take the time to think about what YOU want. The first job you take can lead you down the career path of your life, so it is a big decision. Don’t just take the first job that comes along, instead consider your choices and weigh up all your options.
2. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
Everyone has different experiences. Some will get a job straight away and for others it will take months. Keep in mind that everyone is on a different journey. Try and just be concerned with yourself!
3. Perseverance is Key
For most graduates, the job won’t come easily. It can be hard work getting a job but just preserver with it. Keep going, work hard and really do your research. Don’t give up!
4. Talk Talk Talk
Talk to as many people as you can in your potential future industry to get as much insight and information you can gather. Not only is this a way of doing that much-needed research but it’s also a way to network. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. You may find you impress one person who passes you on to another who is looking to hire someone. Those contacts can really help – you never know where they might lead.
5. Take Everything With a Grain of Salt
Everyone will be telling you different things and different companies will be trying to sell you the job. Put your critical-thinking cap on and don’t just get sold on the glossy hype. Instead think carefully about all the information you gather.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Start on the Bottom Rung
Okay, you have a degree so you’re now “qualified” but everyone’s got to start somewhere. For you that might mean on the shop floor of your dream company or stacking boxes out the back. Remember you can work your way up! Did you know that Sidney James Weinberg started as a janitor (technically a janitor’s assistant) at Goldman Sachs and worked his way up all the way to being CEO?
7. Have Fun!
Make sure you take the time to have a break and some proper fun. When you commit to full-time work, you only get about four weeks of annual holiday leave (compared to the many months you get in the good old uni days). Reward yourself for all your work at University by having a holiday and enjoying yourself.
8. The World is Your Oyster
Remember, you can do anything you put your mind to!
Good luck 🙂
For more useful information for graduates, check out my post with advice on how to get your dream job and also my top interview tips.
What’s the best piece of advice you would give to graduates? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!