Your 20s are the years that you will have learned the most about life in such a short amount of time. Your 20s are the years in which you completely immerse yourself in all things possible. Your 20s are the years where you learn to let go of negativity and capitalize on every positive aspect of life. As the end of the academic year creeps up on you, which means graduation is just around the corner. Woo-hoo! Congratulations to you and your completion of your hard-earned college degree. You deserve it! You’re young, fresh-minded and ready to showcase the talents and skills you’ve learned over the past four years to the world. But before you jump right into the workforce, here are some tips on how to keep up the momentum and continue to be successful after school.
1. Remove the following phrases from your vocabulary:
- “I can’t”
- “That’s impossible”
- “No one likes [insert unmentionable person being gossiped about]”
- “I didn’t do it”
- “I don’t know”
2. Create your own brand. When establishing how you want to market yourself you must be consistent in your actions by recognizing your core values. Begin to identify your values by writing them down. Once you’ve jotted down your personal values, cherish them and stay to true them. Exuding your moral characteristics speaks volumes when you walk into a room. This is what I like to call reputation management.
3. Be genuine during your interaction with others. You may have learned in school or at some point in your life to ask the question, “What’s in it for me?” Although you are looking to establish a career after school, you must also step back and ask the individuals you are interacting or networking with “What is it that I can do for you?” By asking this simply question you’ve already proved that you have the ability to be unselfish, even during this crucial time of self-establishment. Remain focused on your goals, be willing to make sacrifices and stay open minded and with that agenda, you will soar.