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The Biggest Grad Mistake You Can Make

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Not too long ago, I realized I was planning my post-grad plans around the plans of my friends and family. Because I’ll be graduating soon, I thought this was a pretty crucial problem. Graduation is one of the biggest milestones in our lives. It’s pretty much the first test on how we are choosing to proceed with our lives, and only we can make the best decision for ourselves.

Group of family and friends in a circle on the grass

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I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I was applying for all these different post-grad options, as seen in my last blog, I was considering how that would affect my relationship with my best friend and my parents. It wasn’t an entirely bad thing, because it meant I was considering others, but then I realized my friends and family don’t plan their lives around me! If I plan around people in my life, I won’t really be living my life for me.

It occurred to me that I might not be the only graduating student planning the next steps of my life this way, so I wanted to pass on a handy tip. My mom told me to ask myself, “If I was the only person I had to worry about, what would I do?” This is a good question to ask yourself.

Female College Student Holding Books

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If you have only yourself to consider, it suddenly becomes much easier to make difficult decisions. Of course, if you’re in a relationship, you do have to ask yourself how your decision will impact the other person, but don’t let it keep you from doing something. I would rather look back and say, “I am glad I did that” instead of “I wish I had done that.”

When you realize you should live for yourself, options and opportunities suddenly become much more plentiful. Let us know in the comments what your post-grad plans are!

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How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Back in April, I wrote a blog for the ladies on how to dress for success when it comes to job interviews, career fairs, and when starting a job in the business world. Now I want to tell you fellas out there some tips for how to dress professionally as well. Your appearance is the first impression you make, so make sure it’s good.

1. Suit

Black suits are also preferred, pinstripes are okay as are navy and grays. Tan and light colored suits should be reserved for the summer season.

Man's Formal Gray Suit Purple Tie

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2. Shirt

If you want to pursue finances, then stick with the white collared button-ups. Otherwise, cream colors and blues are nice as well.

Men's White Collared Tucked In Button Up Shirt

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3. Shoes

Your shoes should be polished and the color should either match or blend well with your suit. Sometimes you can mix it up, but this is a bold move.

Men's Black Dress Shoes

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4. Groom

Make sure you are nicely groomed. This includes a nice hair cut, shaved face, and even shaving the back of your neck to keep your hairline sharp and looking clean.

Man Shaving His Face With Razor

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5. Tie

Learning how to tie a tie is a very useful skill to have. There are many different ways to tie a tie, but the Full Windsor is the most professional.

Full Windsor Man's Tie

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When presenting yourself to a potential employer, especially as a college student or a recent graduation, looking professional portrays that you act professionally. Watch this video below for further details on how to dress successfully.

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Post-Grad Options

Filed under: College Life, Education, Post Grad and Career, Tips, Travel & Abroad, Volunteering and Giving Back - Angelina
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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

“If you can’t jump over life’s hurdles, limbo under them.”

This is exactly how I am approaching life after graduation. There have been many articles addressing the struggles the graduating class of 2013 will be facing in finding a job so soon after a recession. Discouraging is not the only word that comes to mind when we think about the task at hand. And don’t even talk to us about what we say when family ask us what our next steps are.

I have been feeling nervous about life post-grad. I’ve been applying for jobs since March and there hasn’t been a single call of interest. I eventually grew sick of feeling helpless and finally channeled that frustration into not only finding other options, but into actually pursuing them.

Here are some post-grad options for you to consider:

1. Peace Corps

Last week I had my first interview with the Peace Corps and I’m already moving on to the next stage. I can’t begin to say how much of a relief it’s been knowing I have this as an option. A two year commitment abroad, rewarding life experiences, and $7,500 at the end? Sign me up!

Peace Corps Africa Volunteer

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2. Au Pair Abroad

I know what you’re thinking. A nanny? However, it’s not as unappealing as it sounds. The website I’ve been going through, Au Pair World, allows both au pairs and families to seek each other out for a mutually beneficial arrangement. As an au pair, you become part of the family, not an employee. You interview with different families from around the world, choose one, and off you go for as little as three months to as long as 24 months. My interviews are next week!

Au Pair Family Girls

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3. Teach Abroad

To be specific, for me it’s the Middle East. When I told my family about my decision to try to teach there, they freaked out. “What is the crime rate?” “what if there’s no running water?” and “what if a war breaks out?” are only some of the questions they have asked.

Teach Students Abroad

Photo © CIEE

These are my top three options for now. Keep up with my blogs to find out more about these options and where I end up! College grads, look into your own options. It’s not a guarantee that you will have a job when you want it, but it’s a great feeling knowing you have fall backs.

Good luck!

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A Successful Summer

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In my previous blog, I told you all about how to make a great summer bucket list.  And now I am back to give you a little professional advice on how to make this summer work for you in more ways than just fun. With the collaboration of advice from local professionals, the following are a few sure ways to get ahead this summer.

1. Make A Goals List

Just like on a road trip, you may know where you want to go but unless you have a GPS or road map you are not going to know how to get there. Write down what you want to do. Set your goals high and motivate yourself to reach beyond what you think is possible. No one ever accomplished much if only reaching for the lowest branch.

Goal Checklist on cardboard

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2. Make Contacts Or Build A Fan Base

Take advantage of all the free time you are going to have now that you won’t be working on papers and assignments for hours a day. Make some contacts in the field you want to be in. You have heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know.”  That could not be any more true. Are you a blogger? Start blogging daily. Create a blog theme and begin making social network pages. Do what you can to build your readership and your fan base while you have the time.

Group Networking

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3. Shadowing

Now that you have your contacts, figure out how to make them work for you.  Shadow an executive, show them your work, do an internship. You have the power to make a difference in your future if you know how to work your sources to your advantage. Future employers are looking for ambitious, determined, and experienced employees. Make yourself that employee.

Two students job shadowing

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4. Accomplish Something

Besides your big goals, make a few little goals that are not as related to the professional field you hope to find yourself in, like running a 5K or learning to cook.  Accomplishing small goals like this will build your confidence. Confidence leads to success. So break out the running shoes or check out what Paula Deen is cooking this week and accomplish something!

Girl learning to cook in kitchen

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Getting started is always the hardest part, but it gets easier once you get going. So brace yourself for the best and prep yourself for your future. Do you have any pieces of advice or stories about professional successes? Share them in the comments below.

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To The Class Of 2013

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Dear Class of 2013,

It has come to my attention that I might not be the only nervous college grad. While I have been pursuing my own options and feel comfortable with the ones I have to choose from, there is still a part of me that wonders where my path will take me. And I know I’m not the only one. To ease your mind a little bit, let me offer you some advice and comforting words.

Nervous Female College Graduate

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A lot of us don’t do well with uncertainty. We like knowing what’s going to happen so that we are better prepared to face what’s coming. However, it’s the unknowing that is the greatest adventure of all. You’re free to explore all your options – and I mean every single one. If you don’t get a job in your area of study right away, don’t stress about it. It’s going to take a while. In the meantime, take a job doing something else you love. It’s not giving up and it’s not settling. You’ll have time to travel, volunteer, and figure out what your next steps are.

Graduation is an exciting time. Don’t let the challenge of finding a job in this tough economy put a downer on your celebrations. You made it through four years of brain boggling math lectures, huge research papers, hand-cramping notes, late night study sessions, and back to back finals. Enjoy the fact that it’s over (at least for those of you not pursuing grad school) and get excited for what lies ahead. We all have the potential in us to do great things. Now it’s about reaching out for those opportunities and pushing ourselves to our limits.

Group of College Graduates Throwing Up Caps

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Congrats!

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