Graduation season is coming.
For some, it’s exhilarating. After 16 or more years of education, they are finally done. All their hard work has paid off. They have a job lined up and are excited to launch their career.
For others, graduation seems terrifying. The familiarity of school will soon give way to the unknown. They’re concerned about finding a job, paying student loans, and being an adult.
Throughout this series, we’ve explored topics relevant to early careerists. These can be grouped into four categories: mindset, relationships, stewardship, and communication. Here’s a brief recap:
The right mindset separates those who advance from those who meander.
- Immerse Yourself.
Commit to lifelong learning. Don’t just guess; understand how things work.
- Overcome the Noise.
Feedback matters. But learn whose advice to heed and whose to tune out.
- Be Focused but Flexible.
Setbacks are not the end. Being adaptable will lead you to lasting success.
You get further by involving others than trying to prove your self-sufficiency.
- Find the Right Boss.
Your relationship with your manager will make or break the opportunity.
- Seek Out Mentors.
Learn from those who’ve walked the path—both successes and failures.
- Give and Connect.
Build relationships and help one another. That’s the heart of networking.
Managing well your time, money, and talents leads to greater societal impact.
- Live Out Your Priorities.
Be present and intentional with your time. Reject the rat race mentality.
- Practice Gratitude.
Give thanks regularly. Don’t buy into “keeping up with the Joneses.”
- Take One Step at a Time.
Sometimes you just need to take action. Stop planning and start doing.
People perceive us by how we communicate and present ourselves daily.
- Pick Up the Phone.
Don’t rely solely on email. Phone calls are often faster and more effective.
- Write Less, Say More.
Business writing is about influencing action. Be concise and to the point.
- Follow Up and Follow Through.
Always keep your commitments. Your reliability will be remembered.
Which topics stand out to you? I suggest reading (or rereading) the ones you find personally challenging. Maybe networking is a foreign concept to you. Give and Connect is a good place to start. Or perhaps, like me, you tend to overthink your plans. Take One Step at a Time can help you out of your rut.
Though these posts were written with recent grads in mind, they apply to most working professionals. We all need a reminder every now and then. Happy reading—and best wishes on your journey ahead!