I loved college … at least the parts I still recall. But I remember the start of my career far less fondly. Frankly, I had no idea what to do in a job interview, other than shake hands and act serious, and I knew even less about what to do in my first job.
Thankfully, I did know what a 401k was and had the good sense to contribute aggressively as soon as I was eligible. But that was probably the only thing I actually got right the first time. Otherwise, my early career was a case study in getting experience through the school of hard knocks, all of which were self-inflicted.
Hopefully, you have more of a clue as a recent graduate than I did. I sincerely hope you do.
But even if you don’t have any clue what to do after graduation, the good news is that you’ll figure it out as you go. Just keep your chin up, and be prepared to learn from your mistakes.
All the same, I’d like to see you start on the right foot. So, in no particular order, here are a few career tips I’ve picked up along the way.