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After four (maybe five) years of over-packed Orbit buses, sleepless nights in the SLC, stressful exams, walks around the Arch and crazy Georgia-football weekends, you can finally throw the graduation cap in the air.

Congratulations, you have graduated from the University of Georgia. 

Now you will start the next chapter of your life. This new chapter will bring about changes and alterations to your relationships, residence and most importantly yourself.

College friends will either move back home to live with their parents or pursue jobs located across the country. College sweethearts will either take another signficant walk down the aisle or simply chuck it off as “if we were meant to be…” The grace period on student loans will end. In other words, you have entered the “Real World” and the moment you took off your cap and gown was the moment this truly began.

However, there is no need to worry. After seeing a close friend of mine graduate, here are some pieces of advice I shared with her, that I will like to share with you as well!

YOU ARE YOUNG! Whether you are graduating at the age of 21 or 32, you still have your whole life ahead of you. The truth is you are “not stuck in the first job you get.” A recent Forbes Article claims, Job Hopping, as the new “normal” for Millennials (born between 1977-1997). 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years, which means one person can have 15-20 jobs before retirement.

moneykeyBe. Do. Have– A blog from Indispensable Marketing provided helpful tips on how to be successful. “Rich people understand that the order to success is to Be. Do. Have. Poor people believe the order is Have. Do. Be.” In other words, if you want to be successful you must become diligent and active. Instead of wishing to be the best, put in necessary work and time to be the best employee. By doing what needs to be done you will have exactly what you want to have.

Find the “Best” job for You– A bachelor’s degree does not guarantee your 5-year plan will not have any flaws or changes. After attending many career fairs and employer panel presentations I have learned that career progression is hard to plan. Your dream company might not be the perfect fit and it might take years of job-hopping until you find a position that fits you best. Be open minded to different jobs and choose a job that will make YOU happy.

stayintouch2Stay in touch– Just because your friends have dispersed across the country doesn’t mean you have to talk to them less. Uphold the cliché promise to “stay in touch” or “email every week.” After weeks of living in a new city and working a busy job it will be comforting to talk or plan a getaway weekend with an old friend. Furthermore, staying connected with mentors and professors can help the job search be as simple as a phone call and a recommendation.

I have always believed our best days are in front of us not behind us. So remember that this new chapter will not only bring change but opportunity, success and adventure.

Nicole Blog