As college students graduate from their degrees, they realize their expectations and the real world do not match. Although graduating from college is a great accomplishment which should be recognized, it is not the end. In fact, it is just the beginning of a totally new phase in life which the graduates are unfamiliar with. Below are some advices for the new graduates that are not thought in schools.
- Be Patient: You should learn to be patient. You cannot climb the corporate ladder overnight. Success takes time and effort and unfortunately, there is no shortcut to it. Make a career plan and write down your goals. If you stay focused and accomplish your goals, your employer will also notice the value you bring and promote you eventually. However, if you don’t like your first job, try to figure out what kind of work makes you happy and find another job in that field. Don’t forget that if you don’t like what you are doing, you cannot put all your energy into it. As a result, you can never be truly successful.
- Keep Learning: Learning doesn’t end when the school ends. You have to keep building your skills and continue to keep up with technology. Whether it is an on-the-job training program or a new certificate program, use every opportunity to keep improving yourself.
- School Friends and Work Friends are Different: There is a difference between your real friends, who will be there for you in your tough times, and your work friends whom you hang out with for lunch or happy hour because you happen to be in the same building every day. It is harder for new graduates to make this distinction because many of you become friends in school. You go to the class, meet new people and make friends. You may think it is similar in the office as well. Nevertheless, a work environment is much different than a school setting. It is more structured and has more rules. Only because you see the same people 40 hours a week don’t mean that they will be your new best friends.
- Compete with Yourself: Always compete with yourself and not with someone else. Every year, set yourself goals and at the end of the year, look back to see how much of these goals you achieved. It is ok if you don’t achieve all of your goals. Just be realistic with your goals and be the best you can be. Read my blog post “How to Set and Achieve Your Goals” for more information.