New Grads: 6 Ways to Start Your Career Off Right, According to the Experts

New Grads: 6 Ways to Start Your Career Off Right, According to the Experts
From Recruiter - July 17, 2016

1. At Work, Your Employer Is Always Your Top Priority

It seems so simple to those with years of experienceor at least it shouldbut everything you do related to work should either increase the revenues generated by your employer, decrease its expenses, or both.

Taking a long lunch break is therefore a bad idea. Coming in early is therefore a good idea. Using your critical thinking skills to find a better process is a good idea. Blindly following bureaucratic orders because someone told you to do so is a bad idea.

Steven Rothberg, College Recruiter

Mark Says

It is common not to think of the big goals of your company or your boss. You assume that since he or she went to the trouble of hiring you that they are happy to have you around. As long as you do your work, contribute to the bottom line, and dont make waves, youre good. You also tend to believe that working hard gives you extra credit. Butworking hard is not the same as working smart.

2. Temping Is a Great Way to Start Your Career

Unfortunately, I find that lots of new grads are lacking in the kinds of soft skills that are so valuable in an office setting, like conflict resolution, timely communication, and adaptability. Fortunately, grads can learn these skills on the ground and quickly by taking temporary positions.

Four-year degree-holders should put the stigma of temporary work out of their minds. Not only does temporary work allow entry-level workers to try on careers they hadnt previously considered, but it also enables them to continue learning and growingsomething they likely enjoyed during their college years. Plus, it often leads to full-time work.

David Dourgarian, TempWorks

3. Its Best to Be on the Cutting-Edge

Organizations of all sizes and in all industries face challenges as they attempt to process and leverage the unprecedented amount of data that is captured today. For new graduates and job seekers entering the workforce, organizations are looking for individuals who are able to use data to drive, influence, and communicate business outcomes to encourage innovative ideas for growth.

New graduates must set themselves apart by being inquisitive and by understanding the business implications of information analysis. Data and analytics are integral in so many industries, whether it is healthcare, retail, or education. Our university has recognized that the workforce must be on the cutting-edge of the skill sets and capacities needed to be professionals in tomorrows economy.

Rhonda Capron, University of Phoenix School of Business

Mark Says

Learning a new skill is tough, but if you reframe the situation, it can be challenging and exhilarating. The trick is to tap into a memory of a time when you did learn something new. If you can clearly visualize the experiencesay, learning to ski or to drive, learning to use a computer, learning to read musicand recall the memory of conquering the task, then you may be able to trigger the sense of pleasure that came from the experience. If you dont get ahead of yourself thinking of everything you wont be able to learn, and instead focus on what you have already learned that you thought you couldnt, your fears will dissipate, your mind will unlock, and you will learn new things.

4. Bigger Isnt Always Better When It Comes to Employers


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