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Advice for Grads

Advice for Grads

Hey grads, you did it! For real, we are all impressed. You not only graduated, but you did it amidst political unrest, global lockdowns, unprecedented stressors, and an actual life-threatening pandemic. <Yep, no biggie.>

Now on to the next challenge: the workforce. Here are some tips to help you make your mark while protecting your boundaries: 

  1. Take some time to define success. This is big. Success is not solely measured by promotions, pay raises, fancy cars, and the like. Take some time to consider and reflect on what success means to you. Do you want travel to be a part of your lifestyle? Or perhaps you want your job to serve your community. Whatever success looks like for you, it’s a good idea to write down your goals on paper and check in with yourself every few months.
  2. Make connections. You will be surrounded by new people so don’t miss the opportunity to make connections. If you take the time to make genuine, real connections with people, you will set yourself up for a lifetime of opportunities. You never know if that person you ride with in the elevator every morning may be your next collaborator.
  3. Listen. You may have already worked for years but to the rest of the world, you are a recent grad. People will give you advice. Listen well. Take notes. Sure, you may get some bad advice but be a sponge and soak it all in.
  4. Protect your work/life balance. The definition of balance is a moving target but, especially when starting in a career, it is easy to fall into the burnout trap. Get in the practice of setting boundaries early and it will serve you well for your whole career. Not everything is a work emergency, even though your boss may act like it is.
  5. A bad job is a still a good experience. Even if you have a “bad job,” it doesn’t mean it is a waste of your time. You can learn a LOT from a bad situation, for example: how not to manage, what path you do not want to follow, what are the things you would avoid in the next job, etc.
  6. The path to success is not linear. Most people will change careers (not just jobs) several times over the course of their lives. Assuming you are in a financial position to do so, it is ok to take a pay cut, try an apprenticeship, move around, etc.
  7. Don’t burn bridges. You are going to have terrible bosses and work in crappy situations. It will happen. So, first, accept that. Second, as much as you would like to leave in a blaze of glory, never burn a bridge. Everyone has fantasies of telling off that horrible boss or coworker but, for your sake, resist the urge. That bad situation may one day be connected to an incredible opportunity. Plus, people talk. It will always serve your interest if you keep your head high and exit a bad situation professionally. Fun fact: you will never regret taking the high road.

If you follow these simple steps, oh the places you will go. <See what I did there?>

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