Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life. (Confucius)
The big day is approaching. Your all-nighters (both studying and socializing) are soon coming to an end. You’re graduating from college! Now what? You have student loans and rent to pay, right? Looks like you need a full-time, long-term career!
Years before I founded Southeast Expansions (trying not to reveal my age here, haha), I attended The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. I too was once a recent graduate, panicking about what I would do after graduation. As the big day crept closer and closer, I decided that it was time to stop panicking and starting doing. Are you ready to make this mentality switch? These two important factors below are crucial to remember for any graduates entering the workforce, and they are derived from my direct experience.
Having a degree is one thing, but it’s not everything.
Graduating from college is a HUGE accomplishment–know this first and foremost. It means that you have an excellent “student mentality” and are able to follow-through and complete tasks. Having a degree definitely is a plus for employers. The biggest thing to remember is that education is not the only thing listed on a resume. Work experience is a crucial factor when it comes to an employer’s hiring decision. It’s important to understand that you will most likely have to start in an entry-level position before moving up in the company. This means you will have entry-level pay, too. On the plus side, your years of schooling have made you a fast learner and a hard worker, which I guarantee will help you advance quicker. The quicker you move up, the more money you will make, hooray!
Find a career you are passionate about, but also be open-minded.
Ever heard the saying “do what you love and love what you do?” I 100% agree with this statement. I have found that when individuals love what they do at Southeast Expansions, workflow and productivity increase and an overall positive atmosphere is created. While it is great to know exactly what you want to do for a career, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, so it is important to be open to other opportunities out there. I find it best to make sure the company’s goals align with yours, you believe in the company’s mission, and you can see yourself fitting in well in the corporate culture. To me, these are the aspects that make a career enjoyable, not the work itself.
Are you ready to get the ball rolling? I hope these 2 pieces of advice will help give you a jumpstart on your career search. Remember, you’re not the only person worrying about what’s next after graduation; there are many resources out there, such as career counseling and aptitude tests, to help you find the best career path for YOU. At the end of the day, go with your instincts and choose a position that you can see yourself excelling in long-term. Congratulations, May graduates, and best of luck in your career search!