10 Life Tips for New Graduates

Time for anxiety and the unertainty of life after college to set in.  No matter the situation, it is important to make the most of the first months following graduation.

1. Take Advantage of Your Alumni Network

No matter what the size of your university, take advantage of the connections these groups can offer.  Do not be afraid to reach out to successful alumni working in fields that interest you.  If you are moving to a new place, reach out to these groups to meet people, ask for advice or questions about the area.

2. Don't Get Discouraged Too Quickly

Good things take time!  Adjusting can be hard, but with time you will figure it out.  If you are still in the job market, remember that even accomplished professionals had to start somewhere.

3. Ask for Challenging Assignments

If the work you are first assigned is simple and straightforward, ask for more intellectually stimulating tasks.  Your supervisor or boss will be impressed by your enthusiasm, and you will learn a lot more quickly.

4. Recognize What You Don't  Want to Do

Time at a new job or internship can give you the opportunity to recognize that a certain career path is simply not right for them-and that is okay!  While it is important not to write it off immediately and give it time, while you are young is a good time to decide to move on if you are not satisfied after several months.  Trust your intuition.

5. Teach Yourself New Skills

Learn qualifications required to apply for a job you are interested in if you don't have them already.  Teach yourself programs, watch tutorials on YouTube.

6. Read for Pleasure

Now is the perfect time to catch up on your reading list.  Not only will this make you more creative, intelligent, and well-rounded, but it is also a great way to unwind and relieve stress.  It could also provide you with a great conversation starter for your next interview or networking event!

7.  Stop Obsessing

Don't let obsessing over jobs or post-graduate plans ruin friendships.  Constantly discussing career anxieties will only perpetuate uneasiness among your friends.

8. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Don't say no to new experiences.  Don't be afraid to try new tings or meet new people!

9. Develop a Routine

Workout and be healthy, this will help you to feel good!  Make this a part of your weekly routine, but make sure that your routine is flexible so that you don't become bored.

10. Enjoy this Time of Uncertainty

Travel, try new hobbies, simply relax, develop your career.  Live your life, be in the moment.  After all, if anything, you will learn a lot about yourself in this time and post-grad life will end up being the beginning of your next great chapter.