5 Tips for New College Graduates

Here are 5 tips for new college grads!

  1. It’s okay to not have the idealized job search experience of securing a position early and then enjoying senior year. Many people take months to find work after graduating. It can be disheartening to face job rejection. Especially during a pandemic, you’re not alone if you are struggling with this. And if you’re in comfortable situation, it’s also okay to take some time and enjoy what might be your last summer off after graduating :)
  2. Your first job is most likely not going to be perfect. It can be hard to leave because you might lose the stability, or if it was really hard to secure the position. A lot of advice says to stay in your role for at least a year, but it’s worth considering if you can cut your losses early for better opportunities in the long-term. It’s great if you can feel excited about your job and continue to learn and be stimulated.
  3. While you might hope you would have more free time with a 9–5, you can also feel drained and emotionally depleted after work. If you feel like a shell of your former self after working, we’ve been there! Combined with new responsibilities such as finances and family, time can feel more limited so balance and intentionality can really make a difference. Making friends and keeping up with them may have felt a lot easier in college. After graduating, you have to take the initiative and reach out to maintain friendships, while being mindful of others’ schedules.
  4. There can be cons to sharing your personal life at work, such as when coworkers might bring in family drama. Especially for women, seeing personal details can unfortunately be detrimental in how people see you as a professional. But having a close friend or just someone with a good relationship with at work can really help you enjoy your job. Commiserating at work can be a way to lead to a connection :)
  5. If you find yourself stressing out at work for no reason, sometimes the outcome is better than you think! If your boss sends you a cryptic meeting invite and you feel like you’re going to be fired, you’re not alone! But there’s so many positive possibilities — it can be a surprise happy hour or just a heart to heart to thank you for your work (it’s more likely than you think). And if you are a manager, use your vague meeting titles wisely…

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