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Four Lessons to the 2017 Graduates

May 18, 2017

"I can’t wait to graduate!” It’s the reoccurring thought every college student has, until that student actually enters the “real world.” Instantly, many want to go back to those days in college where bills are light and attendance is only mandatory on test days. Let’s make it clear, we’re not here to be pessimistic. You’ve achieved a huge accomplishment and reached another tremendous milestone in your life as you switched your tassel from the right side to the left. And life after commencement is nothing to be afraid of…if you’re well-prepared! So, to the college graduates here are four lessons we’ve compiled to help the transition be as smooth as it possibly can.

Don’t sell yourself short. We’ve all been there; needing a job so desperately that we jump on the first opportunity that comes to us even if we know in our heart it isn’t right. Take a position that will allow you to happily build some longevity for your resume. And, while interviewing, be confident and sell yourself to your potential boss.

Effort means more than knowledge. You don’t have to be the valedictorian of your class to stand out in the workplace. A “yes” man brings more to the table than most. In Corporate America, your job responsibilities are just written guidelines. You WILL be asked to step in and do more and you doing that without a gripe will take you far.

Show up! Go to work every day. Every day, go to work! It is worth repeating. Punctuality and attendance will either make or break your reputation. You have to be present in order to be given opportunities that prove yourself and help grow you professionally.

It’s a small world. Your professional references mean the world. Yes, employers call your references and they even call your past employers. Your reputation follows you wherever you go. As a college graduate, you’ve got a clean slate. Keep it that way!

These seem simple, but it is worth taking some time to think about how you’re going to conquer these things in the “real world”. The greatest thing to remember is to be happy. When you’re happy with your job, it will never feel like a job. College grad, you have the world at your fingertips. Go out and conquer! The great Bill Gates tweeted fourteen lessons to the college grads this year, find them here. Meanwhile, enjoy your current successes and go out there and create more for yourself!

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