By: Kaitlin Kumazec
Graduating college was THE biggest accomplishment of my life thus far. I was fresh out of school and received my Bachelor's Degree in Art History. My first big mistake once I graduated was thinking that things were going to fall into my lap. Realizing that things don’t fall into anyone's lap was my first big venture into Adult Land. I really had to dig down deep and reflect on myself as a person and think about my career. For those of you out there that are recent graduates or are graduating in the near future, here are my largest pieces of advice for you:
What do I enjoy? What am I good at? What type of work environment would suit me best? HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Really take a step back and start to brainstorm what type of career would make you happy and what type of opportunity will make you successful. Once you’re done brainstorming, write down your answers and DO NOT settle for less or make exceptions.
Once you know what type of opportunity would interest you, start doing research on companies on the web and social media. Dig deep into the content of their website and reviews. Not only will this give you a better idea of the company and work environment, it will give you better insight if you apply and get an interview.
Once you start interviewing, PREP!!!!! I prepped for my interviews like crazy because you should know what you’re talking about, right? I needed to know who all the employees were, the industries the companies got into, and how they went to market. Prepping for interviews gives you confidence and competence. Not only will the interviewer see that you’re taking the interview seriously but the more you know the better you can asses if this will be the right career move. Setting goals is important as well. Finding a job is a long process, plan a week of applying, two weeks for the interview process, and then another possible two weeks for the hiring process.
First day you will most likely be EXTREMELY nervous. The best tip I have is to be yourself! I’m generally a very humorous person and I made that very well known within my first couple hours at GRS. The company hired you for a reason. Feel good about that! They have confidence that you will do well and succeed. Also, dress to impress. The best advice my mom gave me is, “you can never over-dress, only under-dress”.
DON’T GET LAZY
Remember every day how lucky you are to have the position you take on. It is easy to get comfortable and lazy. Setting goals (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) is a great way to stay motivated at work. This will not only benefit you but the company as well. Working at GRS, I learned that planning is key to a successful career. This does mean taking a couple hours at night or on the weekend to plan for the week ahead to make sure I can meet all my goals. What it all comes down to is, how successful do you want to be? Do you want to get by doing the minimum everyday or do you want to build a lifelong career for yourself?