You’ve done it! You’ve accomplished the difficult task of becoming a college graduate, but now what? The parties are over. Your diploma is hopefully framed by now, and the final thank you cards are sent.
But alas, here you are and that degree just hasn’t secured your dream job. Well…let’s not declare defeat just yet. In fact, let’s consider a counter plan of attack to boost your self-esteem. After all, you’ve just survived countless hours preparing for this stage of life so better to regroup and prepare yourself for the next concert. 🙂
You may have noticed on my about page that I served in the United States Air Force. During that time, I was a Commandant, sort of like a school principal, of an Airman Leadership School. We used the acronym DG often, and it means Distinguished Graduate. It recognizes the top 10% of the graduating class. But for some of our students, they pegged it as “Done Graduated” and expressed their intentions to fully seek that title too! Of course, my job meant “checking” any attitudes that might devalue the prestige of our distinguished graduates. I always tried to put a positive spin on these unique thoughts through enlightening our Air Force’s future leaders. And because I love tradition, I’m going to focus on the 3DGs today.
- Dedicate yourself to achieving the goal you set out to do. Life doesn’t have a course syllabus that tells you what to do. You have to dedicate yourself to the pursuit of career landing. You must be willing to sacrifice some of those things that consume you and are not a valuable ingredient to your success.
- Discipline is important. You’ve already shown discipline by graduating. So pat yourself on the back because you’ve done well! Now that you have graduated, don’t forget this important trait. So take a hard look at yourself and actually write down areas you might need to enhance your discipline.
- Donate is another important factor in regards to time. Donate YOUR time to achieve success! Study the job market. Create accounts in employment search engines like Indeed.com and Monster.com. You will also want to get LinkedIn; it’s recognized as the largest professional network. You can follow companies that might interest you through these websites. In most cases, you will have to donate a considerable amount of time researching the job market and adjusting your resumes for the various jobs you apply for. Landing a job requires donated time–period!
- Goals are the end result of what you want to achieve. Your goals will change from time to time, but what should not change is your investment in creating goals. Most importantly, be sure you set mini-goals to help you reach your ultimate goals. Do write down your goals and place them in a location where you’re reminded–it’s a gentle nudge to finish. And don’t forget the mini-goals too! You will want a plan of action.
- Guides, also known as mentors, can provide you insight into your career choice. Think of professors, family members, or simply reach out to the industry you hope to be employed with. Most people are helpful in nature–specifically if you flatter them with your admiration– and chances are they’ll try to steer you in the right direction. Don’t shy away from this step; it may seem difficult, but at the end of the day they can only say no. Finally, don’t discount a conversation you have at the local grocery store, coffee-house, or gym–this person might very well be your future guide. I have met so many wonderful people this way and you can too!
- Get Going! Yes, you heard me! GET GOING! If you don’t care about nabbing your next job then who will?
These are a few thoughts and certainly not the only avenue for pursuing a career. I hope you find them helpful. If you have something that has worked for you please share!
Oh…and what about all those DGs—Done Graduated students? Well, I always said, “It doesn’t really matter what award you walk away with, the true DG will go out there and influence the lives of others.” Now get out there and Do Good! 🙂
Photos courtesy of PC Photography (my daughter–yes this is becoming a family affair).