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Many of us have spent our college career preparing to become successful and fulfill our career goals upon graduation, not giving much thought to what our path looks like as we try to attain that coveted degree. Have you really thought about what life would really be like after graduation? Yes, no more late night term papers, no early morning classes, but to replace those nuances will be a daily commute, a boss and performance expectations. The stress of being a newbie in the field and all the insecurities that along with your new position.
Lets talk goals, budget, social life and life after college graduation!
Your career has been the focal point of your college career, now with school behind you, the task of moving forward into the professional world has become your reality. Do you have a plan as to how to go about climbing the professional ladder? You will be coming in as a beginner in the industry and want to not only make a good impression, but you also want to perform at a quality level. Continuing to learn and shadow peers within the industry will be important to your success, after all you are still learning and developing your skills and talents. It is important to continue to network and get involved with professional organizations within your field. Building solid professional relationships will be important even after graduation.
Maintaining your finances is a key component in your success tool belt after graduation. No you don’t have the expenses of books and tuition but for many of us, loans are a reality. Combining both loans and monthly expenses can be a challenge coupled with the sense of accomplishment you feel from accomplishing your graduation goals. It is important to create a budget, try to adhere to what is comfortable for you. If you are not a financial wiz or not savvy when it comes to are of finances, then ask for help. A trusted friend relative can assist you in making an outline of your expenses and the income you are earning and help you to establish balance between the two.
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Finally, your social life! having an outlet for fun and friends has a very important role to play in your mental health and the overall balance we all constantly work to achieve. There may be instances where you feel torn between hanging out or getting a report done for your boss that you know will require hours of preparation on your part. Just like school you have to know when to say no and when to plow ahead with your main responsibilities. It could very well mean the difference between a promotion, a raise or being replaced.
These are just a few areas that you should consider when taking the next step into your future after graduation. There will be obstacles and challenges, there will be good days and not so good days but in the end balance and reward is what we seek to maintain when going from books to briefcases.