Don’t let being a graduating senior scare you! You have worked hard for your degree and should be excited about starting a new chapter of your life. Whether you plan on attending graduate school or going straight into your career, this advice will help you prepare for the future. Here are some helpful post-graduation tips that every recent graduate should know.
1. Perfect your resume
Stop by the Career Studio to get a second set of eyes on your resume. Some students might have already started applying for jobs and others might just be starting their job hunt. Wherever you are in the process, it’s always a good idea to let a professional critique your resume. Drop in or call (775) 682-7114 to schedule an appointment. The Career Studio is located in the Pennington Student Achievement Center.
2. Build your network
Networking is one of the most valuable aspects of your career hunt. Reach out to your previous internship bosses or even a professor who knows you well and ask them if they know of any job opportunities or if they would be willing to be a reference for you. Contact someone in the field who has a job you want and talk to them about their experiences. Creating a LinkedIn profile is also a great way to build your network by connecting with people in your desired field. Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who could potentially help you further your career!
3. Set realistic goals for yourself
Everybody hates the question, “So, what are your plans after graduation?” It’s OK to be unsure of the path you will take after you graduate, but setting goals will help you get one step closer to where you want to be. Write down your goals and make sure they are measurable. Place your goals in a place you visit often (e.g.: on a whiteboard in your bedroom, on your computer’s desktop, in your phone) so that you will be reminded often to reach your goals. Reward yourself when your goals are met.
4. Negotiate your salary
Don’t be afraid to negotiate a salary when you are offered a job. Research the average salary for similar positions and decide what an appropriate pay would be for the position you are offered. Just because you are offered a job doesn’t mean you have to say, “yes” right away. You may or may not be offered the pay you desire, but it never hurts to negotiate.
5. Don’t give up
Post-graduation life can be demanding and difficult at times. Whether you are being challenged in new ways in graduate school or are not having any luck with job interviews, never give up on your goals and aspirations. Rejection is hard to face, but remember that even the most successful people have, at one point, been turned away. Things might not happen they way you plan, but stay confident in yourself and your dreams.
ASUN wishes all of the graduating seniors good luck in their endeavors, and we have loved serving you during your time here at the University. We are excited to watch you all graduate this spring. Commencement ceremonies will take place Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20.