8 Wise Gems of Advice For New Grads

Source: 8 Wise Gems of Advice For New Grads

The best advice is from people who have been there and done that, so what better career guidance to get than from readers who have gone through the new grad phase? For those fresh out of college, read on for some great career advice from those who have walked in your shoes.

  • Time Is Ticking, Make Up Your Mind: " . . . I wish someone had told me to pick a career and chase it, instead of 'there's plenty of time to decide'. Now I'm 32 and haven't figured it out yet . . . "
  • Pay Off Your Student Loans: Start paying off student loans IMMEDIATELY after starting a new job! I decided to reward myself with shopping trips, got used to it and kept doing it, instead of paying off my student loans."
  • Don't Scorn the Small Jobs: "Don't scorn the 'small jobs' like waitressing or retail! It's a great chance to learn some important work lessons and avoid embarrassing yourself at your eventual 'real' job!" - jadenirvana
  • Use Recruiters: "Use recruiters. It's basically getting people to help you with your job search, for free. (Obviously, you should be searching on your own, too.)" - suzieleung
  • Think Hard About Grad School: "Don't think getting a graduate or in my case, law degree, will mean you're going to be guaranteed a better (or better paid) job right out of school. Don't commit yourself to anything you don't see yourself passionately doing. If you have a good job right now, keep it (the economy is tough, don't risk giving up a job). Life is an uphill battle and the successful ones are those who are persistent and determined to keep going despite all the roadblocks that get in your way."
  • Don't Forget to Have Fun: "During the whole application and interview process, have some fun on the side as well. Once you start working you'll realize how precious free time is. I wish I went on more vacations when I had the time . . . " - lov3tina
  • Learn a Skill on the Job: "Take on a job or an internship that will teach you something useful. The key is to acquire skills that will be applicable, even if the pay is bad." - Baconlover
  • Pick a Job You're Interested In: "Go for jobs that are really interesting to you, and preferably will get you doing something you're passionate about, not just that will pay your bills (though that is very important). Chances are, if you're passionate at it, you'll be good at it, and you'll rise up quickly in the company." - suzieleung

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