Features of Your Guide to Succeed After Graduation includes:
Expert advice from professionals such as career coaches, leaders in career development at the University of Toronto and others
Step-by-step guidance to tackle complicated topics such as tapping into the unknown job network, developing a career strategy, personal branding, balanced living, becoming debt-free, and pursuing your passion
Personal experiences to illustrate the ups, downs, trials and errors
Top 12 Things to Remember from Your Guide to Succeed After University
1) Define your personal brand before someone else does it for you.
Your personal brand is about showcasing who you are, what you stand for, the skill set that you possess, and the promises you make and deliver on.
2) Networking is a vital part of success, where anyone can open a door.
People make a difference, so value those two-way relationships
3) Guidance is just a mentorship request away.
Mentors come in many forms and can provide guidance and feedback along your career path.
4) Job searching is a discovery process.
The process, including rejection, is a continuous opportunity to learn about yourself.
5) You define your own success.
You can succeed in any career you choose at any time. Consider a career direction that excites you most and you will inevitably gain value in that direction.
6) Know where you want to go, and that there are many paths to get there.
Your career strategy acts as a compass to an engaging and meaningful career.
7) Discover your passions; find the right time to pursue them.
Keep your passions in mind as you grow your career and develop - seize opportunities, no matter how unconventional.
8) Set S.M.A.R.T. goals to reach smart outcomes
Achieving effective outcomes is a combination of S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals, self-motivation, and a personal reward system.
9) Take time to take care of yourself and your community.
To maintain your physical, mental, and social well-being, be sure to balance your career and job duties with activities that support yourself and your community.
10) Open your mind to a world of perspective.
Living and traveling outside of your community is a great way to expose yourself to new experiences and perspectives, and a great way to build your network.
11) Implement creative and practical ways to manage your budget.
Having a plan to manage your money and pay down your debt will ensure that you are on a solid path to a rewarding career.
12) Learning does not end when school does.
After school, actively seek out either formal or informal means of learning to enhance your skill set and to continue your personal development.
Practical advice that anyone can use, the goal of Your Guide to Succeed After Graduation is to help new graduates become confident in developing successful careers, addressing work-life balance, and other next steps after graduation.