DO: Stay with your company for at least a year.
As a graduate who is entering a new field it is important to remember to position yourself in the workforce as a career minded professional. You want to be someone that an employer can see as a long term asset to the organization. This will help you gain experience in the field and prevent potential damage to your resume. The last thing you want is to be viewed as someone that is unpredictable to a present or future employer.
DON’T: Spill personal details to co-workers.
Although it can be tempting to cross the line with a co-worker and spill our guts about our personal lives, finding the proper work/life balance is a crucial part of entering the workforce. This can be one of the most difficult growing pains one faces during professional transition. However, it is a necessary lesson if you are seeking long term employment or opportunities for future advancement.
DO: Use your enthusiasm and passion for the industry to your advantage!
Your passion and excitement for the industry is one of the biggest motivating factors for an employer to hire a new graduate. Make sure that you ask questions and find mentors in your field. Invite people to lunch with you. You are building a professional network. These connections are beneficial to you now and could even help you out later on down the road.
DON’T: Get bummed out if this isn’t your dream job.
You have to start somewhere and most people don’t start out at the top. Sometimes we must learn to balance our dream and a job until our dream becomes our job. Focus on getting experience and the skills employers look for in successful candidates. You are not settling but rather working with a purpose.
DO: Remember that soft skills are the most important thing to include everyday in your new job.
What are soft skills? I like to say that soft skills are the things that my momma gave me. They are needed for everyday life. Soft skills are sort of like the foundation that is given to you as a child. So, if you find that you have a soft skill that needs improvement actively take steps to further develop yourself in this area.
Good luck in all of your future endeavors and let what you love be what you do!