It’s been almost a year since I graduated (wow!), and I’ve learned a lot in the past 12 months, some things useful, some not as much. Here are 5:
5. What a ‘white paper’ is.
Apparently a common term in the business world, I didn’t learn it until a few months into my job as a recruiter. It’s usually a research article, but sometimes it’s used to describe anything that comes in PDF format. Now you know. :)
4. Every office is like The Office.
Small talk at the water cooler, birthday celebrations, conference room meetings. While not every boss is like Michael, there are always other similar characters and situations.
3. The purpose of LinkedIn.
The people in the Career Center always told us that we should create a LinkedIn profile because it would be helpful in ‘networking’ and finding a job. As a college student, that didn’t really mean much, but now that I’ve been a recruiter, I can honestly say: they were right. I am regularly searching LinkedIn for people that have the experience we are looking for and contacting them with our open positions. It really will be beneficial in the long run to treat your LinkedIn profile as an online, searchable resume.
2. Student loans are the worst.
Most of the money you thought you could start saving once you started a full time job is likely going to pay off student loans. They try to warn you when you’re a student, but it doesn’t really hit home until the first statement comes in the mail…
1. The ‘plan’ you had for after college is almost never carried out.
Somewhere along the way, you’ll have to adjust and accept that not everything you planned/hoped for will follow through. Preparing for that sooner rather than later will reduce the negative impact on you down the road.