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12 Best ‘Real World’ Tips From Happy Grads

12 Best ‘Real World’ Tips From Happy Grads

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As part of our Happy Grad Project, we’re featuring a bunch of Happy Grads, their stories, and their advice for students and recent grads. Here are some tips they wanted to share with those entering the “real world” soon:

On Job Search…

“‘Networking’ isn’t just a word; it’s as important as food for anyone entering the job market.” – Chantel McCabe, ’11

“If you are on the job hunt, go to any and all interviews that interest you, but don’t settle for something if it does not ‘feel’ right.” – Kristina Prescott, ’13

“I would advise recent grads to stay active in the field they want to pursue a career in no matter what (whether its through volunteer work, pro bono jobs, etc.). Staying active in their field will show future employers their dedication [and help them build] experience.” – Skylar Ridabock, ’13

“Use your school career advisor. That’s how I got most of my interviews.” – Daniel Ernest Hill, ’13

“Start early, never give up on your dreams, and be super smart with your financial planning.” – Sam Doan, ’11

“When you discover (tomorrow or 10 – 20 – 40 years from now) what satisfies you every day – you will do it better and work on it harder than anything else you’ve ever done. In the meantime, every job you have is a skill set to add to your resume so when you stumble upon your dream job, you’ll be ready.” – Kathryn Stephenson, ’12

On Finding A Job You Love…

“Don’t be afraid to try new things and to take chances—you never know what could come from it!” – Tyler Miguel, ’13

“Sure, you can look for a job specific to your interests, but don’t NOT look for jobs outside of your comfort zone.” – Danielle Scaglione, ’13

“I would suggest [to] recent graduates that, [during] their college time, they should give themselves some time to figure out their own area of interest, and not just rushing to get degrees after degrees.” – Shikha Gupta, ’12

“Planning is key. It is hard during college when you have to think about studying and submitting papers, but planning where you would like to be/what you would like to do is the best way to achieve your goals.” – Rebecca Mangan, ’13

On Motivation…

“[Don’t] get discouraged if [you] don’t get [your] dream job right out of school.” – Miranda Cole, ’13

“Remember, you are not damaged goods, and don’t let anybody discourage you by saying you can’t do this or that you’re not experienced.” – Petko Petkov, ’15

You can meet these Happy Grads and read their stories by clicking here.

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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.