Tip Tuesday: Grads, bring down your ego

In this day and age, it’s usually the norm to have either a university degree or college diploma. Because of this, many recent grads in the past years feel entitled to secure a job in their field right after or a few months after graduation. And when they aren’t able to, they blame the poor job market and the economy and start feeling unmotivated with their job search and life in general.

If you’re guilty of that, bring your ego down a bit! If you look at the very successful people, they all started from the bottom and most hopped from random job to random job. Stepping it down a notch and getting any job after graduation while looking for the right job will keep you from feeling negative and blaming the economy. You’ll also build character, learn to budget, meet new people (possibly connections to another job closer to your filed) and most importantly, real life work experience.


Motivation Monday: Don’t be Afraid of Graduation!

Quote: “Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.” Mark Twain

It’s been almost a month since graduation!

Post-graduation Jitters
The reality of post-grad life is finally setting in – maybe you’ve moved back with your parents until you can get on your feet, maybe your friends from school are all going their separate ways, or maybe you’re just anxious about what comes next – but the heart of the matter is that early post-grad life sort of sucks.

A lot of people let that go to their heads and slide into inactivity and laziness. We know it’s daunting – how could it not be? The last 18 years of your life have been dedicated to education, and now you suddenly need to find a job and an apartment and get your life going, all at once. It’s scary, and some people get so scared they do nothing at all.

But put down those Doritos, turn off those non-stop Netflix playbacks of whatever terrible sitcom you’ve been binge-watching, and sit up straight!

Get out there and conquer!
You can do this! You can’t stop trying just because you’re afraid. Everyone’s afraid when they first start out. That’s okay. Just don’t let it beat you – keep moving forward! It might take a while to find a job, or an apartment, but you have no excuse to stop trying!

If you’re having trouble we have lots of articles to help, not to mention hundreds of job postings here on our website, and we believe you can do it.

Your time in school was just the prologue. This is the book! You should be excited! The whole world is open, you can do anything you want to do – go anywhere you want to go! It’s okay to be afraid; remember – “Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.”

So don’t bury your fear – conquer it! Go out and live your life!

Also check out:
How to Survive Post-Grad Life
Intern or Volunteer After Graduation


Part One: Landing Your First Job: 4 Essential Tips

Challenges Before Your First Job

The easy phase:
First you need to learn to walk and talk. You’re barely out of your first year and that’s usually in the bag. We can skip over the part about leaving the diapers behind, and skim over the trials and tribulations of primary school.

The adolescent years:
Then high school comes along and things start to get serious. For some, it means four years of dedication but others might take a year or two to really get down to work.

College or university?
By the last couple of years in high school, anyone serious about moving on to college or university and building themselves a strong foundation for a future is working hard to achieve the marks to get into the school of their choice. At that time, it seems like the biggest challenge ahead of you is everything involved in getting into the post secondary school and program you’ve decided on. Then you’re in! Hurdle crossed.

School’s Done. Now What?

The first job after graduation:
Post secondary school is one challenge piled onto the next: Essays, exams and fitting in a social life. Then all of a sudden you’re done and all that hard work and challenges are behind you.

Some people are fortunate to have a job already lined up so they can close the doors of school and open the doors of employment, but most aren’t that lucky.  For those landing that first job after graduation is the newest, biggest challenge of their lives.

Over the next four days we’ll be discussing 4 tips to help you tackle that challenge.  Come back tomorrow for tip #1.