So, you have just graduated. After investing so much time, blood, sweat and tears for the past few years, you’ve FINALLY gotten your hands on that degree (and that awesome mortar-board-toss graduation shot/boomerang for your Instagram). Congratulations!
And now, it’s time to look to the future. What’s next? Internship? Work? Professional Certs? A year off? The start of your next phase in life certainly involves a lot of ‘adulting’. A major part of ‘adulting’ necessarily includes planning for your career.
With that in mind, here are some tips to prepare you for #workinglife post-graduation.
1. Be Prepared
‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!’.
There is a good reason why this saying holds weight in the corporate world. You need to make sure you’re on the ball when it comes to work. It is always helps to be well-equipped for your new job. Get started by getting to know more about your job scope, the company goals and corporate culture. Stay organised as the last thing you need is a missing an important deadline and risk standing out for the wrong reasons!
2. Be Proactive
For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with the term (you know, aside from the occasional lecture from well-meaning adults), the term ‘proactive’ mean creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened. This means, rather than just sitting around waiting for your boss to tell you what to do, you can, occasionally, take the initiative to get stuff done of your own accord.
For example, get a head start on some of your routine tasks for the workweek to clear up some time to help out other colleagues with an urgent project. Taking the initiative to do assist others or going above and beyond your job scope to get things done, leaves a lasting impression on your employer. A word of caution though, be sure to run things through your boss first, to be on the safe side!
3. Be Courteous
“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude”- Adam Schopenhauer.
When you start a new job, you’ll be meeting and working with people of various personalities, from your boss, to your supervisors, co-workers, etc. Many of us spend a major part of our lives in the office. Being courteous leads to better relationships with colleagues and a healthier work environment. This may indirectly result in more networking possibilities down the road!
4. Stay Positive
We’ve all had that one friend with whom your conversation always wind up leaving you extremely downhearted. If you say it’s nice and sunny out, they say it’s too hot. If it’s pleasant and rainy, all they can complain about is the potential for traffic jams and how gloomy it is. No matter how you look at it, for this friend, the glass is perpetually half empty, and you’ll never convince them otherwise. Sounds exhausting? Now imagine having a co-worker like that (or worse, BEING that co-worker)! While there are days when it may be tempting to sink into a mood of gloom and doom, wallowing in your frustrations won’t do much besides making you feel worse. Try keeping a more positive frame of mind, and you’ll find it a lot easier to get your work done. That being said, there’s no need to be hyper 24/7; occasionally, you need time to sit back and feel a certain way, and that’s okay.
5. Build Resilience
The truth is, you might not get that dream job of yours immediately. Instead, you’ll have to settle for a temporary job until you can get the job you actually want. Taking on a temporary job builds your resilience and in the process you get to learn from the whole experience. Be patient, keep learning and always be open to new possibilities!
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