By Lubens, Co-Founder of Pen & Cob
When I graduated from Florida State University in 2005, I believed I was ready to enter the workforce and become a responsible taxpaying adult. I had an offer to work at the largest defense contracting company and eager to start my career in Information Technology (IT). However, when I look back at it all, I wish I knew what I know now. So here is some advice to the graduating Class of 2017.
Love You What You Do
We’ve all heard the old cliché a million times, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That cliché is the truth. Working in a job for 8-10+ hours a day, dreading Monday morning and wishing the day away, is no way to live. So, choose wisely and pursue a career or start a business that you love and are passionate about to achieve that sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
Put Yourself Out there
When I was a new graduate and, earlier in my career, I was clueless about how to do this as well as its importance. Social networking events are a great way to meet like-minded professionals, which can lead to future opportunities. Make it a habit to attend networking events every now and again, and be sure to stay connected and maintain a strong contact with those you meet, as this will serve you well for years to come. Check out Eventbrite.com for a list of various networking events near you.
I know what you are thinking that you’re done with more education for now, but the reality is that you are always learning and should continuously educate and develop yourself. One of the ways to differentiate yourself and stand out from the crowd is earning a professional certification, as this will help you solidify your level of expertise and will eventually result in a pay bump. We all like that!!
I hope this advice helps as you begin your career.
Congratulations Class of 2017!! You did it! We hope you spent time celebrating this incredible achievement with family and friends.
Be sure to check back with us for more advice on professional development.