TAG | being professional
A job is the place to see and to be seen. It does not have the be your dream job, your forever job, or even pay all the bills, but you need to get a job to begin your career and you can make it work for you.
Don’t just work. Go after your career choice the day after graduation.
If you are a recent college graduate, you already know that jobs are scarce. Scarce, yes. Non-existent? No. Get a job. Or volunteer. Be in the workplace. Show off your ability. Learn skills. Connect. You need to show a potential boss what you can do. Have a degree in education? Substitute or be an aide in the classroom- you may be tapped for the next teaching job when it becomes available. Volunteer: who would turn down your offer of free help a few hours a week? Go to a business you would like to get to know better and offer your services. Again- be professional- dress well, show up on time, work hard. Even if you are not in corporate America, your work ethic shows wherever you are seen.
Internships- a great opportunity but not the final destination.
If you are in college and get offered an internship, take it! But don’t be tempted to quit college or put off finishing your degree. When the job is exciting, and the money starts rolling in, its easy to think it will last forever. But remember, what you are making at 19 may not be enough for you at age 30. And if you don’t finish that degree, you will continue to get paid for the education level at which you stopped. A degree in necessary. That is why your employer chose you – an intern, someone seeking an education. Companies want college graduates- you are just lucky that they get to know you ahead of time so they will want you even more when you graduate. Then you will get paid what you are really worth! Stick with the plan- work hard, intern, graduate, and then the world is your oyster!
Taking yourself seriously is Job 1.
Don’t just work to pay the bills- work to move up. Dress for success, act like a responsible adult. You will get noticed by someone- your boss, a satisfied customer- someone who can offer you better. Hang in there and take yourself seriously. Your education is done for now and studies have shown that, in addition to a college degree, more years working mean more money later in life. Is it experience? Who knows? Get to work.
All the best!