Welcome (or welcome back) to the hallowed halls, the academic grind, to a life of independence and adulthood.
And welcome back to the “big lie.”
What is the big lie? The big lie is simple. I told it to my older children. My parents told it to me. Your parents, most likely, told it to you:
“Be a good kid. Get good grades. Be a good citizen. Perform community service. And once you do all that, you’ll earn your way to college. Go there. Get good grades. Be a good citizen. Learn. Get that degree. And when you’re all done, a good job – and a good life – will be waiting for you.”
We meant well, my generation. With every bone in our bodies, we believed this. We counted on it. We invested in it. And we passed it on to you.
And we were wrong. Dead wrong.
Succeeding in today’s ultra-competitive job market requires not only a clear focus on career from nearly your first day at college and a lot of hard work, it requires an overachiever mindset and a comprehensive career plan. And those that DO have a job waiting for them after graduation have executed that plan, flawlessly. Some since their freshman year.
Is it too late if you’re already a senior? No! But you can – and must – begin cramming. Right now, as you’re getting settled back in for another year of school, perhaps your last, you have to think about what your career will look like just nine months from now.
Everyone’s career is different, of course. But here, in this simple infographic, is what you must do to dramatically increase your chances of being employed immediately after graduation…
Is this plan a lot of work? Yes! Taken one step at a time, however, these steps are easier to manage than you might think. In fact, several only take one or two hours, or a mere couple of hours per week – well worth the investment!
How many of these critical tasks have you completed?
How ready are you for what happens after graduation?
About the Author: CEO and Founder of YouTern, Mark Babbitt is a serial mentor who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable and Forbes regarding job search, career development, internships and higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce. A keynote speaker and blogger, Mark’s contributions include Huffington Post, Bloomberg News, Switch and Shift, and Under30CEO.
Mark’s new book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive (AMACOM), with Ted Coine comes out September 17, 2014. The Ultimate Guide to Internships: Everything You Need to Know to Get Hired Before (and AFTER) College will be available through Allworth New York in January 2015. Questions? Contact Mark on Twitter.