2 Totally Truthful Things You’ll Find Out After Graduating College
You’re graduating and that darn “real world” everyone keeps talking about is coming full speed ahead. No need to be scared (well, maybe just a little bit).
There Will Be a Gazillion of You
Totally exaggerating but example: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projected 1,855,000 students were going to graduate at the bachelor’s degree level in 2015. It’s not a gazillion but it’s enough to make you feel like you’re a tiny spec of dust (I know, I’m so dramatic).
BUT THERE’S HOPE
When I graduated in 2014, I knew I had to stand out. Many graduates are graduating at the same time, looking for a job just like me (and you). I had to ask myself, what made me different? I speak Spanish. Okay. I love social media. Okay. But what can I do to combine the two and look like a total badass? An answer to a question like that will help you create your own unique personal brand in order to stand out from the rest.
You’re a Total Noob, Deal With It.
You were just handed your diploma. You’re on top of the world. You know everything you need to know. Those four years of complaining and writing papers wasn’t going to prevent you from making enough money to pay for extra guac.
You get a job, an opportunity to show your skills and you find out you’re actually a bit clueless. That’s okay. It happens (trust me). Let’s be real. Classroom pitches and college papers will not teach you the nitty gritty of what really happens out here.
This is where you… *holds breath* …start studying more. (Oh stop the whining! I can hear you through the screen). In order for you to become a badass in your field, you have to keep learning and asking questions from people who have been there and did that.
I sent cold emails to people I felt like were in a position I wanted to be in five years from now. We had coffee and I learned so much by just listening. Heck, major opportunities arose from all of my conversations with pros. The worst they can say is no and the worst you can do is not send that email.
I also attended workshops, helped at events, twitter chats… the works! I also requested a quick Google hangout training with a pro about Facebook advertising. All of these small things were helping me to build upon my craft and I still do these things today because I constantly feel like I need to learn more.
Bring it in. It’s not all bad! You made it this far for a reason and you should be proud of yourself. I had a really big reality check when I graduated and dived head first into those big bad adulting waters. I was struggling (shoot, sometimes I feel like I still am) but I kept pushing. I realized that all of it will be worth it in the end and then my student loans kicked in…