This past weekend, colleges and universities across the country held commencement ceremonies. As you wrap up your undergraduate studies, are you prepared to enter the workforce?
With a million questions running through your head as you begin a new phase of your life, it’s important to seek advice and guidance from those who have been in your shoes and want you to succeed.
As managing partner at March Communications, a boutique tech PR firm in Boston, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many interns and entry-level employees, watching them grow into seasoned executives. And whether you’re entering the world of PR, finance or healthcare, the principles to success remain the same.
- Listen – You’ll be required to attend a lot of meetings throughout the first few weeks on the job so make sure to listen up and take notes.
- Ask Questions – Never be afraid to ask questions.
- Read – Stay on top of industry trends by reading influential publications in your field. At March, I recommend that my colleagues read PRWeek, PR News and Bulldog Reporter in addition to top-tier business press like Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
- Organize – In today’s fast-paced working conditions, it’s crucial to implement an organizational plan to ensure you stay on top of deadlines. Find a method that works for you, whether it is color-coded folders, the categorizing function in Outlook, or a simple to-do list in a notebook.
For other professionals out there, do you have tips to share to help pave the path to success for recent college graduates?