This is a big month. Graduates leave college after spending more than two years in a plague. Can you imagine what it would have been like to spend your young and old years in college in isolation and learn through zoom? I can not. Takes off the hat in front of the graduates who went through this difficult time.
It’s time to find a new job and get out there! For most people, this is an exciting and scary time. You may feel completely confused, as if you are on an island without a road map.
The first step is, start your job search now. I’m sure you’ve seen the news about the strong job market and the big resignation. Do not assume that it will be easy to find a job. Finding a hard job. This can take a very long time.
Start searching now, and recruit some friends in search of work as support. You need people who are going through the same experience to talk to. The interviews will fall apart at the end of the process. Works will be suspended. Companies will smell you. It’s very much like dating. You’ll have to kiss a lot of frogs.
When you find something, do your homework on what the current market is paying. But, keep your expectations realistic. As a fresh graduate, you will likely be paid at the lower end of the recruitment ladder. I know this is frustrating, especially given the high cost of apartments. But, your hard work will pay off. Look for the job that will provide you with the best experience and the money will come (later).
Keep in mind that you are only the third group of college graduates to enter the workforce since the onset of the epidemic. If you work remotely, there are many benefits. But, companies are still learning how to work with their remote employees. And they are certainly not used to working with young college graduates remotely. If career success is important to you, you will need to work to be more proactive than your older peers.
Look for mentors, find friends and work to build a great relationship with your boss. In the distant world, it is easy to disconnect. You have to work to create opportunities to learn and grow. You need to create a community for yourself.
Ask your boss to meet with you at least once a week for one-on-one meetings. Schedule coffee meetings with your colleagues. And also, look for others within the organization to build relationships with. Talk about work, then look for opportunities to talk beyond work. Friendship at work is where real growth takes place.
Last but not least, give yourself an account. Your career is up to you. Set fixed hours, and put in the time – even when no one is looking. The foundation you are laying now will help you for years to come. Congratulations and good luck!