Do’s And Don’ts For The New Grads

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Monday, we have now entered a brand new week where you wake up knowing you don’t have classes to rush to. How exciting is that, it is, and you should enjoy it till it lasts. Why? Well because you have planning to do. We live in a very competitive time and there are lots of activities going on to partake in. Now, you might have been the hyperactive student who’s been taking part in every activity that could help you extend your network so you might be on the track already or you might have been the dormant student who’s all about class, we’re here to tip you off from what those we look up to may have suggested over the years.

 

Do’s

1.Recognize what you don’t want to do.

Oftentimes, an internship or job can provide graduates with the opportunity to recognize that a certain career path is simply not right for them. While it’s important not to write off an entire field simply because your first week on the job was not what you expected, you might decide to move on if you’re not satisfied with your job after several months. Trust your intuition.

  1. Don’t settle for a job you’re not passionate about.

A lot of people are pushing college graduates to just get a job to pay the bills and that isn’t the greatest advice because research shows that you won’t last long there if you do.

  1. Don’t get discouraged too quickly.

Many of us will write cover letters for dozens of jobs and not receive any responses. Remember, even the accomplished professionals we admire had to start somewhere.

  1. Consider internships.

If you decide to take an unpaid internship, be sure that it’ll be worth your time. Receiving an offer to intern at a company or organization is exciting, especially if the internship is in a major city. However, relocating can be very expensive. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer questions regarding the training and mentorship you’ll receive during your internship or how often interns are hired at the company. It may not always seem appropriate to ask this question, so be sure to gauge the tone of the interview before doing so.

  1. Teach yourself new skills.

You see a job posting for an editorial assistant position at your favorite magazine, and one of the main qualifications is proficiency in Photoshop, a skill that you don’t have. Teach yourself to use the program by reading how-to books from your local library and watching tutorials on YouTube.

Don’ts/ Things to avoid

  1. Not Being Proactive Enough
  2. Not taking risks
  3. Not Creating Wide Networks
  4. Not Creating Customized Resumes
  5. Appearing Unprofessional

Keep those in mind and go get your future. Good Luck!

 

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