Graduating from college is only the beginning of, hopefully, a long and prosperous life. But nothing happens overnight and it definitely doesn’t happen without you putting tons of effort into it. Finding work is the next step after graduation, but this is problematic, especially for the students who’ve never worked before. If you did happen to work while in college, you have some experience with interviews and talking to managers. Whether you graduated from Stanford University or Case Western Online, you can use the following tips to jumpstart your career.
- Start Working Anywhere You Can
If you don’t have any work experience, it’s a good idea to start somewhere, even if it’s not within the field you were studying. This is good for two reasons – first, it will show managers you have experience working, which is something they’re definitely looking for; and second, it allows you to learn the ropes of being a part of a team before diving into your preferred position. You don’t want to make beginner’s mistakes while working the job of your dreams. So work out the kinks, then go after the prize.
- Know the Importance of Networking
You won’t always find the best positions on Craigslist and Indeed. You have to extend your reach by networking with people in the industry. You can do this online on social media networks like LinkedIn, and you can network offline by attending local networking events. Someone you interact with may introduce you to a future boss one day.
- Take Initiative
Once you start working in your career field, it’s time to start impressing your manager. Nothing is more impressive than a worker who takes initiative. This shows ambition and commitment, which will help you to move up in your position quickly. Don’t hold back – go above and beyond any chance you get. Showcase your problem solving skills in any way possible.
- Go Outside Your Comfort Zone
There are a lot of people who are afraid of public speaking, leading others and social situations. Weaknesses aren’t meant to last forever. The only way to overcome them is to go outside of your comfort zone. Take it one step at a time. No reason to do a giant leap. If you’re afraid of social events, don’t volunteer to do a speech, just show up and try to mingle a little.
- Don’t Sit Around Waiting for Things to Happen
Good things come to those who wait – it’s an expression that can be easily misconstrued. This doesn’t mean you sit around waiting for opportunities to come a knocking. You have to learn to open your own doors every once in a while. If you want to find work, you have to look for it. If you want to advance in you career, then you need to take on projects that will gain the attention of your superiors.
This is the start of your life, so make sure you begin on the right foot. These tips can be helpful in getting on the right track to a successful career path.