Here are some tips every graduate needs to hear from our team to you:
You will find much more success, fulfillment and happiness by being more of yourself each day rather than listening to outside noise on what you need to become. As you do that, look for opportunities to build authentic relationships with those around you with an eye on the long-term – those relationships will be the most rewarding parts of your career.
Paige Velasquez Budde:
Celebrate ALL the wins in life…no matter how small. Some of life’s best wins come after life’s most difficult challenges.
Don’t take everything too seriously!
Build a support system who you can rely on no matter what. People who will be there to celebrate your wins and sit with you during challenging times. And spend time with them traveling, making memories and enjoying this new chapter together.
All of your hard work over the last four years has led you to this moment. Remember all that got you here and use it as a springboard to life’s next adventure.
Success is not a straight line, and your journey won’t look the same as anyone else’s. Don’t forget to savor the wins along the way and be proud of yourself for all that you have achieved.
Put your people first! Your family, friends, colleagues, and most importantly, yourself. 🙂 When you do this, everything else has a way of working itself out.
“Your career is a marathon, not a sprint! You will learn so much through experience, so try not to put too much pressure on yourself early on. It gets easier as you go; be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge as you can.”
Comparison is the thief of joy! It can be very easy post-grad to fall into the habit of comparing yourself with others. Just know that your journey is your own and while others may seem like they have it all figured out, much more may be going on behind the scenes.
By focusing on YOUR self-discovery and personal growth, you will reach the success and goals you desire much faster. Don’t try to be like everyone else and embrace the present! One exercise I like to do to help myself is to journal five things I am grateful for this week, five things I am proud of myself for accomplishing this week and five things I am looking forward to in the upcoming week. Try it out!
Treat everyone with respect including yourself. Invest in your relationships with friends and family – you have to nurture what you want to be healthy and grow.
Don’t trip over what is behind you! Tomorrow isn’t promised- make the most of today and find joy in the little things! Surround yourself with people that love you and make you better. No season is ever wasted. Give yourself permission to not have to be everything to everyone. And never discredit how far you’ve come!
The best advice I could give is go with your gut. Whether you’re unsure of your major or the answers to that final, trust your intuition. It will take you very far. Also, when in doubt, don’t be afraid to use the resources around you for assistance (i.e., professors and other students in your field of study) because those will be the ones who help you succeed. Lastly, enjoy those years because it will fly by!
You don’t have to figure it out all right away. You may have to take a first job that is not what you initially hoped and dreamed of as a way to start your career, but you can get there by jumping in, working hard and making a positive impact, always working towards what you want.