This is it. The first full year out of college. 2015-2016. That dash in the middle, is full of excitement, fear, and opportunities. This is the year to shine, to fully show ourselves and the world what we are capable of. Let’s be honest, those months since graduation have felt more like a test run than the real deal.
Whether you have the job of your dreams, are looking for work, or pursuing other hopes and dreams…here are tips as to how we can take on the Post Grad world by storm. Let’s make this year a great one, better than any before. We owe it to ourselves.
Here’s to you, Post Grads. Cheers to an amazing 2015!
- Explore – Your opportunities, fears, dreams, and passions. They change over time, but discover the underlying theme and what is important in your life. Set a strong foundation for the years to come.
- Live Within Your Means – Less Now, More Later. We are used to the college lifestyle and the low pay (if any) budget. Find a middle ground between spoiling yourself and ramen noodles. Put that extra money aside for your future self. Someday you will be happy you have that money lying around. Check out My Piggy Bank challenges for some inspirational ideas.
- Choose Friends Wisely – Cultivate meaningful relationships. People come in and out of your life with purpose. Who do you want to be there for you to celebrate and cheer you on in the upcoming year? Consider removing people from your life that don’t need to be there, create new friendships that will last. (My rule of thumb that I ask myself – Am I a happier person with their presence in my life?)
- Learn From Failures – This is going to be a year of growth for me. And what better way to do that than learn from my mistakes? I have no doubt I will make some. Take challenges as they come. Welcome them and become a better and stronger you because of the failures.
- Stay Positive – From failures come discouragement. Take a glass half full mentality this year. It’s your first attempt at the Post Grad world. Was your first time doing anything the best? (maybe, with luck) Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert. There are only 8,760 hours in a year. It’s going to take some time.
- Stop Obsessing – Planning is something we all do. You planned on going to school, graduating, and receiving that degree you spent four or more years working for. Life doesn’t care about your plans as much as you do. Don’t stress if things don’t go according to your plan. Take each day, each experience, one step at a time.
- Ask for Help – As college seniors, we were top dogs, knew it all, on top of our game. Don’t let your pride or self confidence get to your head this year. You will meet many people that are old hats at the Post Grad game. Ask for advice! So many people are willing to help. It all starts with you asking a question.
- Find a Mentor – What better way to ask for help than find someone that has been successful at what you are looking to achieve? There are so many benefits, for both the mentee and mentor in this relationship. Everyone deserves a cheerleader. Go out and find yours!
- Take Risks – Make an impact. Your voice, your opinion, matters. Don’t think since you are new to the working class that it doesn’t. The only thing that sets your coworkers apart from you is years. Years of experience yes, but not the same perspective. Show the world your unique perspective. This is your big opportunity! Don’t wait!