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After sitting through nearly two million minutes of class throughout the course of our youth, suddenly a piece of paper is slipped our way deeming us worthy of accepting bigger challenges and solving life’s toughest problems. Ready or not, welcome to the real world.
I’ve been “in it” for approximately 11 months and I must say it is a nice change of pace. Truth be told you do actually learn a lot more outside of the classroom. Now is the time to buckle up and get ready for an unpredictable ride.
Here are a few thoughts on how to make the most out of your first years out of college:
- Take the initiative to keep up with old friends. People are globetrotting more and more these days, so if you want to keep in touch it is up to you.
- Rise and Shine. It’s important to get into the dreaded morning routine, you’ll thank yourself by the end of the day.
- Your first job may not be your dream job, but don’t let that get you down. Volunteer your time to something you are passionate about.
- Show your value early and quickly become an asset to your employer.
- Position yourself as a resource.
- Get involved in young professional or young alumni groups and find a mentor.
- Figure out your finances and stick with a budget.
- Be persistent and always work with a sense of urgency. It shows dedication and commitment to your employer and colleagues.
- Brush up on your skills every now and then. Whether it be science, foreign language, music, art, etc. these are unique qualities you want to carry with you.
- Second chances are few and far between in the real world. Accept the fact that you will make mistakes, own up to them, learn from it and then move on.
- Last but not least- explore. If you have the resources for a vacation or road-trip … do it! The adventures of traveling keep us young and help us appreciate the small things in life.
Adrienne Bailey is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She currently works in Indianapolis as an Account Executive for Y&L PR, and also publishes her own blog. She can be reached via Twitter (@AdrienneBailey) or at email@example.com.