Several weeks into a job search, many recent grads are starting to see job offers come in. Soon, it will be time for that most nerve-wracking, yet exciting, of days: the first day on the job.
And many of these new entrants to the workforce have a million and one thoughts running through their head. And you may, too. So many that you might not be thinking about the big picture and overlook the little, but infinitely important details, of your first day at work like these…
You’ve achieved the Holy Grail of job search – the job offer. Congratulations!
You’ve worked hard, and it might be tempting to give an immediate “YES!” to that employer. However, no matter how desperate your situation might be – or how long your job search has been – always take the time to review a job offer before you sign that offer letter…
Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are just starting your job search, and you’re probably looking at LinkedIn postings for mid-level management positions with visions of cool-sounding titles and big paychecks dancing in your head.
This is totally normal – I had the same “first job” fantasies myself. But what I got was even better: a series of entry-level jobs.
You don’t want to miss out on entry-level experience. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Here’s why.
Everyone has at least one high school or college classes that they really hate. For me, that was senior-year calculus. I remember stalling in the hallway beforehand for as long as humanely possible.
But despite all odds, I made it though the class. Years later, when I entered the working world, I found out that some of the best takeaways from that class weren’t mathematical equations: they were skills I could put to work in my career.
Here’s how a bad class can help you in the future.
It’s a trend we’ve seen since the recession started: young professionals, and even established career professionals have decided to do a complete career 360.
Continuing education is the way to get the skills and experience needed to successfully make a career transition. If you’ve been toying with idea of a career change, going back to school can be a great place to start. Here are a few reasons why:
Throughout middle school, high school, and college, we got used to having reward systems, and cheerleaders built into our lives. Exams tell you how well you’re progressing in class, honors and other accolades reward you for hard work.
The working world doesn’t offer this continual feedback loop. And that’s one of the hardest things for recent graduates to adjust to.
To get ahead in your career, you have to learn to self-motivate and be your own cheerleader. Here’s a few ways to give yourself the kinds of rewards and achievement recognition you’re used to getting from the educational system.