How to Graduate with Style

by Sam Young, marketing intern & junior marketing major, Mike Cottrell College of Business

There is one thing that constantly looms over our heads as we continue our college careers. A little shadow that slowly creeps closer over four years until it gets you! That’s right everyone-I’m talking about graduation. Four years can fly by and once that plane ride is over; you have to be ready for the next trip of a lifetime. Here are a few tips on how to navigate post-graduation without face planting.

  1. Networking

Networking is essential for any job field. Having a wide array of contacts gives you the ability to find out about opportunities that you may not have found without knowing someone in that industry. Learning this skill will help you meet people who will help elevate you to the person you want to be. By making yourself open and available to people for networking purposes, you will find ways to attain your business goals with ease.

  1. Finances

It’s the time to hunker down and really understand your financial background. Establishing credit and being able to live under a budget is necessary to survive in the real world. Having an understanding of basic financial skills will benefit you tremendously as time goes on.

  1. Developing your Soft Skills

If you haven’t started before, it’s essential to start now. Having a strong set of soft skills can help you in your job sometimes more than your technical abilities. Knowing how to use them to your advantage will refine your brand and create a positive image of yourself.

  1. Finding your career

During your time in college, you have access to resources that will not be found as easily in the business world. Places like career services are there to help you train for interviews, edit your portfolio, and help you along the path to becoming part of the business world. Even if it is your last semester of college, using these resources can mean the difference between being unemployed to having a job right from the get go.

Developing these four skills will help you be on the fast track to success. For more like this, check out our other articles to help you hone your business skills today.

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