Advice: What I Wish I Knew When I was Graduating College

As the graduation season is upon us, I wanted to write a blog post for anyone who may be graduating college. While the majority of you reading this post have (most likely) already graduated, I know there is a handful of girls who are making this huge transition from college to adulthood.

I also think that these tips will benefit anyone and they’re not only applicable to post-grads, but they’re applicable to everyone.

First of all, congratulations. Earning your degree is no small feat – there are hours and hours of studying and hard work that goes into it.

I can’t believe that it’s been almost two years since I graduated college! It feels like it’s been so much longer. In that time, I got my first job right out of college at a huge advertising agency working on some pretty amazing clients like IHOP, Applebee’s & many more. And have since transitioned into a full-time Marketing Strategist with Billy’s company. If you haven’t seen my update post about what I’ve been up to, you can check that out here.

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Tip #1: Nothing Will Be Handed To You.

I honestly think that the transition from college grad to post grad life is one of the hardest transitions.

You go from being told what to do, where to be, and when things are due to being completely on your own with “no rules”. Holding yourself accountable is entirely different than having a professor hold you accountable for a project or deadline.

You have to understand that nothing will be handed to you. If you want something, you have to work harder and smarter than the rest because there’s countless other people out there willing to put in the work to get the exact job, goal, or outcome that you desire.

Don’t expect a job or company to hire you just because you applied. Set yourself apart, go above and beyond, think creatively + outside of the box.

Tip #2: Now Is Your Time!

Seriously, this is the most exciting time in your life.

Yes, it’s confusing. Yes, it’s overwhelming. There will probably be many nights and days ahead where you question everything and wonder what you even want out of life.

But, I promise you, if you stay committed to taking action you’ll be able to achieve and do whatever you set your mind on.

This is your time to live the life that you’ve always envisioned for yourself. You finally have freedom to make progress towards your goals, and aren’t strapped down by classes and tests. Because honestly, at the end of the day, all of that means absolutely nothing in the real world. Seriously.

Tip #3: It’s Okay To Change Your Mind

One of the most confusing things for me is that I felt like I had to seek out a job in a “specific profession” just because I earned a degree in Communications & Public Relations.

Since graduating college, I’ve been immersed in the advertising/marketing fields which I did NOT study in college.

But I’ve learned along the way, learned from those more experienced than me, learned from mentors, learned from individuals online, learned from online courses and trainings.

Just because you “majored” in something doesn’t mean that you’re stuck there for the rest of your life.

Have you always wanted to dip your toes into the social media and marketing world? Take an online course.

Has teaching always interested you? It’s never too late to go back for your degree.

Have you decided that a 9-to-5 isn’t for you!? That’s okay too!

My last piece of advice is to take it one day, experience and moment at a time. Don’t let the pressures of society, or what your peers are doing, get in the way of you finding out what it truly is that you want!

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