Graduation from college is a major accomplishment, one that took hard work and discipline. At this point, you may have made it through your student teaching and are now on the path to finding a permanent position. However, there are certain life experiences that every graduate should know that will help him or her throughout their life. This month we will focus on those attributes and stories that will help move you in the direction you wish to be going.
In an article from beliefnet.com titled, “7 Things Every Graduate Should Know,” they have generated the following list that will help new graduates succeed in their given career field:
Be patient - Set short- and long-term goals for your career. This will help you stay focused and will put things into perspective. Good advice to remember is: Goals do not happen overnight and just because you have the degree doesn’t mean that you will fall into your dream job. Be willing to put in the work and take advantage of situations as they present themselves.
Be respectful - Treat each stranger that you meet along the way with the utmost respect and be friendly. Don’t be stingy with a smile. You never know what connection you might make that paves the way for your dream job or that next interview.
No opportunity is too small - Take advantage of any internships or jobs that will help you. Be humble and remember that no job is too small.
Stay out of debt - Most graduates will have to pay off student loans, therefore staying within your budget is important. Do not outlive your means - make sure you can afford your housing and don’t rack up credit card expenses.
Learn from every experience - Approach every experience or opportunity with the willingness to learn something new. Life is a constant discovery but in order to get the most out of life you must be a willing participant.
Give back - We are all part of society and should always keep in mind that everyone is not as fortunate as the next. Keep this in perspective and remember to give back. No gesture is too small and every deed will make a difference in the world.
Sometimes the answer will be no - Life will always have disappointments and obstacles that you must overcome, but this will make you stronger. When you have been told no or don’t get the job offer, reevaluate your approach and see if there is anything you would have done differently. If not, you can be confident for the next opportunity.
Final Note: Remember, there are opportunities to better yourself and your situation everywhere. Make sure to keep your eyes open so you don’t miss them.
Ali Threet, Associate Director
Dixie State University
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