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Recent Grads: Let Work/Life Happen

July 31, 2009

J.D. Roth provides great advice in Life After School: Advice for new Graduates about overall job strategy to stressed out recent graduates.

Whether it is worrying about landing your “dream job” or feeling like you are the only one in the world who is having a tough time finding work, there are keys to maintaining your sanity, sense of self and outlook on your future.

A job is not a marriage. It’s not “for better or worse”. It’s only for better. If it’s not working out for you or the company, then move on.

Treat your time as an investment. It’s more important to invest your time wisely than to invest your money wisely.

The people you work with are more important than the company. You want to work with people who have high integrity, people you can trust. It’s nice to work for a great company, but it’s better to work with great people.

Don’t rationalize your decisions. As you move through your career, don’t stay in situations that make you unhappy just because you think you’re obligated. Take some calculated risks.

What you studied in school does not matter. Students should major in subjects they enjoy. They should pursue learning. One of Ron’s colleagues is a brilliant lawyer who has a degree in music. He knows a judge with a degree in pharmacology. Your degree does not matter.

Self-discipline is the common denominator among the successful. In order to get into college and to earn a degree, one must exercise delayed gratification. This doesn’t end after school. Delayed gratification and self-discipline are necessary for continued success in life.

Be willing to do grunt work. By doing the entry-level jobs, you’re building skills necessary to move up. As you progress in your career, find things in each job to be passionate about.

Read the full article here.

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