Your commencement ceremony is one of your life’s big milestones. It’s your time to walk across the stage in
your cap and gown to shake the college president’s hand and accept your
diploma. It’s your time to shine in front of your family and friends who have supported
you along the way.
There was a time when earning your college degree was just a
dream—now it’s your reality.
Graduation is a big step towards the goals you have for your
career and yourself—but now how do you get there? The months after graduating
can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to move forward. It’s time to take
what you’ve learned and apply it to the next chapter of your life.
Follow these seven tips for post-graduation success.
Tip #1: Make A Plan
What goals do you have for your career? What can you do for
those goals in the next week, month, year? Make a list of next steps to move your
goals forward and set hard deadlines for yourself to complete them.
You don’t have to do this alone. Reach out to a faculty
mentor or contact your local career services office for guidance and
Tip #2: Update Your
Add your college degree to your resume. While updating your
education, review the rest of your resume. Do the skills and experience you include
relate to your desired career? Don’t be shy to use an industry-approved resume
template, like this one.
If you get stuck, counselors at your local career services
office can help you fine-tune your resume.
Tip #3: Reconnect
With Your Network
Share the news of your college degree with your professional
network. Start conversations with your contacts so that you know their
professional achievements and current projects. Keeping these relationships
strong can prove valuable to the future of your career.
Tip #4: Collect
Letters Of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation resonate when applying for that
dream job or for grad school. Reach out to instructors that know you well and
ask for a letter of recommendation. It’s best to connect before too much time
Tip #5: Connect With
Your Alumni Association
Your alumni association helps you stay connected with your
college as well as gain access to a whole network of graduates from your school
who want to help out alums like you. As a college graduate, you also have
access to exclusive perks like your
college’s Career Center and alumni events. Membership to your alumni
association is most often free to all graduates, so take advantage of it.
Tip #6: Join A
This is especially important if you earned your degree in
order to switch into a new career field. Professional associations have
networking events, exclusive job postings and helpful industry resources. Most
professional associations have discounted membership fees for recent grads, so
joining now can save you money.
Tip #7: Celebrate
Relax with your family and enjoy your success. Hang your
diploma on the wall and take some time to reflect on this huge accomplishment.
You’ve worked hard the past few years and you should be proud of everything you
have achieved. You’ve earned it.