6 Things I’ve Learned Since Graduation

Hi friends!

I’m pretty sure it was Destiny to start involuntarySASS this year because look -- IT’S TUESDAY!

Today is a special Tuesday. I graduated from Marquette University on.... December 15th 2013! 

I've spent two years out in the world -- pretending to be an adult. 

OMG.

To celebrate this (obviously) momentous occasion, I came up with a list of things I’ve learned since then. Bloop!

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1. PRACTICE PATIENCE.

If you don’t have a job right away-- it’s okay. You may be thinking.. oh Irene no.. I MUST have a job!

..no. shut up.

Originally, I wanted to have a job offer ready by the time I got my diploma.

These things take time.

@@We all know that the goal (or expectation) after graduation is to have a job … but sometimes, that’s not realistic.@@

You might have to take a job that you never imagined yourself doing  before you get closer to what you envisioned. 

 HOWEVER—if you are applying for jobs – don’t dismiss using a staffing/recruiting service. It may lead you to unforeseen opportunities!

The motivational boost I got after I landed a job with my recruiter (I was at the new office literally 3 days after I met with him) is what led me to my current job, that I LOVE.

this picture of my parents and i after my graduation always makes me laugh. 

this picture of my parents and i after my graduation always makes me laugh. 

 

2. ASK QUESTIONS.

HEY. Research your field. Ask your boss questions, ask your coworkers questions-- ask EVERYONE ANYTHING that you can apply to your skill set.

After graduation – you’re green. You’re fresh.

@@The best part about being a noob is that most people give you a grace period of ~6 months to ask  stupid things.@@ I don’t think there are any stupid questions.

But, even if they are, who cares?

When I first started at my job, I spent so much time worrying about whether or not my boss thought something I said was weird, or stupid. I could have saved so much time by just biting the bullet and asking. You were hired for a specific role. Own it! ..

Our team was honored at the 2015 Midwest Legal Marketing Association Awards. We dropped this award right after this photo was taken.

Our team was honored at the 2015 Midwest Legal Marketing Association Awards. We dropped this award right after this photo was taken.

 

3. MEET PEOPLE

Networking is really important. Be eager. If you’re looking for a mentor – be straight up. Look for prominent people in your field and reach out. Tell them that you are wanting advice and admire them (ONLY IF YOU DO—DON’T LIE!!!).   Always practice an “elevator pitch” – that says who are you, what you do, why are you talking to this person.

In the professional world, you won’t get along with everyone. You’ll have to navigate through some office politics, and people will make judgements about you before they’ve even met you. Think about those people when you’re working -- prove them wrong and detonate their expectations.

Be sure to talk to your coworkers. Remember: people all different shapes and sizes. You may fundamentally disagree with a person about something; just always be open to learning about others experiences. @@Honoring different points of views is essential to success.@@

Plus, you’ll probably see some of your coworkers more often than your family. Learn about them! At the very least, introduce yourself and try to learn names.

I'm really lucky to do team building exercises like this. We kicked some serious booty.

I'm really lucky to do team building exercises like this. We kicked some serious booty.

 

 

4. POWER CYCLE.

 If your device isn’t working -- turn it off and on again. Honestly-- do this before you talk to anyone in IT.

 I love a good cry okay?

 I love a good cry okay?

 

 

5. FEEDBACK HELPS.

Feedback is there to help you!! Yourbosses don’t want you to fail. People like to plug their ears or get indignant about certain aspects of their working styles. Having someone point that out to you isn’t a bad thing. Don’t get upset.

@@If you believe there’s a skill that you excel at, ask your boss what they think.@@ They may elaborate on what your strengths and weaknesses are. All of it is TO HELP YOU IMPROVE!

Ask for feedback regularly. Be AVAILABLE. Be helpful.

 It’s better to get constructive criticism now instead of finding yourself blindsided by a critique later. Don’t set yourself up for failure.

 

6. KEEP LEARNING.

Just because you’re not in school anymore, doesn’t mean that you should become lax about your noggin.

Read a book, learn a language, watch a TED talk, DO SOMETHING!  I guarantee there is a skill you can learn to make yourself the shiniest one in the room.

HONESTLY JUST LEARN EXCEL. NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO USE IT. AUTOMATIC WIN.

This is a great time to learn about yourself! Figure out what you might want to do next. And then be mindful of the journey there. Post-graduation is also a wonderful opportunity for trial and error.

I have insomnia and during college, I could get away with sleeping when the sun was out and doing work at nighttime. That’s not possible with a 8-5 job! Find what works for you and the best way you can function.

honestly-- i need to look up what this thing gets me.

honestly-- i need to look up what this thing gets me.

 

Again, I can’t believe it’s been  2 years !!! that’s -- WOW!  

So anyway, go set forth the world on fire blah blah whatever. Feel free to pass this along to anyone who is feeling *~discouraged about work life.

This is my last post of 2015!!  I have to regroup and get ready for next year. There is A TON planned, so keep an eye out friends. <3

SONG OF THE POST (you're lying if you thought this would be anything else): 

I'll see you in 2016.

stay sassy,

i.