Congratulations December Graduates

If you are graduating in December, don’t freak out. This is the time to freak out. Don’t do it. You’ll be fine. In fact, you’ll be more than fine, you’ve got this.

Each semester was preparing you for this moment. This moment when you’d be on your own, ready for what’s next. Yes, this is the time for YOU.

Previously the path was set forth in front of you. Homework, grades, assignments, and projects were set forth FOR you. Now it’s up to YOU to apply for a job. It’s up to you to figure out what that first job is going to and what path you’ll start on.

Don’t freak out because your first job won’t be your dream job. It might not even be a great job.

If you haven’t yet, start applying for jobs and reach out to recent grads in the city where you’ll be living and working. Get informational interviews on the books. See if there are any internships in your area of expertise. See what openings exist and reach out to folks at that company.

There won’t be much you can really do until you’re in the city where you want to be working. Then you’ll network like hell to make the right connections to get the job you want.

Stay in the game – be present for graduation. It’s a super special time. Enjoy the process of graduation, be proud of your accomplishments. But the next day – work like hell to make connections, prove how excellent you are and find a place to start. Start anywhere but start.

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