Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip – October

Entering the real world will be a bit of a rude awakening. It’s wonderful, but different from anything you’ve experienced before. I don’t want to scare you. I just want you to be prepared. Your life will be different, but it has to be as you enter the next stage of your journey.

While you’re in college, you’re on your own. You’ve been your own boss. Now you have one. In college, you come and go as you please. Now you’ll need to let other people know when you’re coming and going. No more naps and you have to get up early every day. Your summers are gone, and your wardrobe changes.

And you’ll quickly realize that no one loves you like your mom. Your boss isn’t going to care if you stayed out late the night before. She’ll expect you to be responsible and come to work on time, every day, ready to go.

So, what do all college graduates have in common? A degree. What’s going to separate you from the rest of the pack? What does an employer look for in addition to your degree?

Let’s say I’m the hiring manager. We have an opening and have narrowed the field of candidates to four. All graduated with the same degree and the same GPA. How will I determine whom we’ll hire? Throughout my twenty-five year career, I’ve always said if a candidate has a great attitude, is passionate, sees everything as an opportunity, has a good work ethic, and is energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated – we can teach him or her to do anything!

~Nancy Barry, motivational speaker and author

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