When you graduate from college, you enter a whole new world. It’s fun. You’re filkled with professional enthusiasm. The opportunities are practically limitless. Where will you head to? Whatever you want to be, you can become.
However, you’ll have to go through a real struggle before you get there…
You fought your way through that brutal final stretch run of exams, review sessions, and all-nighters in the library. You can finally say you are a college graduate!
But during all that time spent trying to make sure you got your diploma, did you make sure to spend some time making sure you were employable?
As a young professional, your first”real” job is a momentous and once a in a lifetime opportunity. And, as with any new experience, you may feel uncertain about what to expect during your first week on the job.
Want to thrive in your first week at your job? Expect the unexpected.
If you’re just joining the world of work, perhaps on your first job, congratulations are in order! You’re taking a big step towards building a life that is both meaningful and powerful.
And you’re about to have a one-of-a-kind experience…
Your first “real” job search (as a newly-minted young professional) is quite a learning experience. So many options; so little time! You can’t wait to hear those magic words: “You’re hired”. You don’t want to make job search mistakes that will extend your job search. But, you may not be clear on exactly what to do next and what is appropriate.
Check out these 10 mistakes recent grads make that postpone that first paycheck:
The journey from college to career may not be perfectly seamless. Now more than ever, young professionals often experience a serious learning curve coming fresh out of college. But no matter your level of experience, your approach and attitude to that all-important first job can serve as a valuable learning experience and stepping stone for future success.
Here are five of the many lessons I learned from my first post-college job… lessons that can help you in your first years as a professional: