Career Advice for the Class of 2015

class graduatingThe future is bright with the promise of new technology, innovation, and creativity. But none of that would be possible without a pipeline full of new prospects.

Five to ten years from now, all of today’s great young talent will be the driving power behind the workforce. So how should they get there?

Today, we’re going to discuss career advice for those who are just gearing up to start their careers: the class of 2015. Take a look below:

Don’t settle. When we graduate, there always seems to be a fear that if we don’t choose the right career right then and there, that all is lost. This sometimes forces us to make decisions we don’t want to make, or even causes us to hold off until we find the “perfect job.” Even so, it’s important not to settle.

Take your time when it comes to picking out your career. Play the field and see what it is like before you settle down and decide this if it’s what you’d like to do for the rest of your life. Some people get it right on the first go; for others it might take them two or three tries (or more) before they figure out what they want to do.

Most of us will take a handful of different jobs throughout our career—that’s perfectly normal! It’s better to shuffle around a bit when you’re starting your career than look back twenty years from now wishing you’d done something else with your life.

Don’t abandon ship at the first sight of rough seas. In spite of all of the above, we aren’t telling you to throw away your present career without thought. Sometimes, jobs can be tough—but that isn’t always a sure sign that it is time to move on.

Take a moment (actually, several) to think about what you want to do before you make any brash decisions. Tough it out within reason, and while you do so, weigh the pros and cons to see if the job is really worth. Once the negatives outweigh the positives, it’s definitely time to move on.

Network, network, network. Just because you haven’t met any amazing CEOs or hip entrepreneurs doesn’t mean you don’t already have a great network established. Keep in touch with your professors, mentors, and friends.

While it might not seem readily apparent that they can help you out, the people you keep in touch with will likely have their own valuable networks. You never know—you might just meet “a friend of a friend of a friend” who will end up helping you find the career you actually want.

Don’t be discouraged by “mandatory” experience. Many graduates who are fresh out of college are overwhelmed by what seems like an endless supply of companies asking for candidates with 2-3 years experience. This can be discouraging, but we are here to tell you that this doesn’t mean you have no chance at landing the job.

If it is a position that you are really interested in, don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Yes, employers always prefer to take the guesswork out of hiring by hiring candidates with some experience, but there are plenty of ways besides experience that will show whether or not you are qualified for the job.

Show them your qualifications by writing out a resume and cover letter that highlights why you think you are the right fit for the job. On top of that, think of how your job experience (whether interning or volunteering) relates to the job you are applying for. The employer isn’t going to fit the pieces together for you. That is entirely up to you. But if you can prove it to them, you might just have a better chance at landing the job.

What career advice do you have for the class of 2015? Let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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