In a few short weeks I, along with many other people in the world will be graduating from college. This isn’t the first transition many of us have faced. Four years ago we navigated a new town, a new school and the process of making all new friends. For many of us college has been a stepping stone from childhood to adulthood. As we reach the next transition in our lives there is a few things I think we could all keep in mind:
1. Networking within your friend group
Many of us have touched on the importance of networking. When many people think of networking they think of coworkers, past clients or past professors. We forget to utilize the contacts that we are closest with, our friends. Many of us don’t realize the contacts that we already posses. By talking with friends about their employers, their family’s employers or even where their neighbor works you might find out that one of the people you see the most could be your key to your next job.
2. Body language matters
A few years ago I came across a series of Ted Talks. One that has stayed with me over the years was one done by social psychologist Amy Cuddy on the importance of body language. By doing what Amy calls “power poses” either in your car or in the bathroom before an interview, you have an opportunity to actually alter your body chemistry and significantly impact performance and how one feels about themselves. In the coming months many of us will find ourselves in the interview seat again, I have practiced this theory before interviews, pitches and presentations and I have always felt that it has helped immensely.
3. Yes, summer vacation is a thing of the past but summer itself isn’t!
Just because we do not have a dedicated three months of freedom anymore does not mean that we can’t still go out and enjoy the sunshine. Plan out a summer bucket list of local things to do in your area. If you are new to your city like I am this is a good excuse to explore the area around you and discover your next favorite secret reading spot or a new favorite restaurant while ensuring that your summer is not all work and no play.