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  Age: 23 Graduation Date: 2013 Major: Marketing School: Bentley University Current Position: Business Systems Analyst  

Q: What was your biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world”?

I think that my biggest fear when entering into the real world was that I wouldn't be good at my new job. I was nervous that I wouldn't be prepared for my role, and knew that a promotion was based on how well I could perform on the job. What I didn't realize at the time was that every new hire is in the same boat! We all feel nervous and worried at first, but as the months go on, we are able to contribute and feel like we understand our purpose within the company!

Q: What five words would you use to explain your job search as a recent grad?

Tedious, exciting, stressful, fun, eye-opening.

Q: What is it about your situation now that makes you a happy grad?

I'm a happy grad because Bentley has truly prepared me for my career in the business world! I was able to find a job on Thanksgiving of senior year, and am lucky to have had such good fortune with my career. I also really enjoy taking what I've learned in the classroom and being able to apply it in the "real world."

What are the best things about your current role?

I think the best parts of my current role are that my company has an amazing corporate culture and I am learning so much! I never feel bored, and I am given plenty of opportunities for growth.

Q: What advice would you give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love?

The best advice I can give is utilize your network! Talk to friends, career services, family, and people they know to help look for your dream job! It's all about connections and how you portray yourself. Get internships! This is extremely important. Lastly, stand out during an interview - let your personality and skill set shine, and never be afraid to ask questions.

6. What are some of the best things about being a recent grad?

I think the best thing about being a recent college grad is that we have so much to learn and see that the possibilities for our careers are endless. That being said, we are able to make an impact within our roles each and everyday.
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