Two worlds collide as you pack your bag with cap and gown order forms and job descriptions from the Washington Post. It’s finally time, everything that’s happened in the past no longer matters. The only thing that matters is that you don’t trip and fall across the stage at graduation.
Once all the relatives are gone and mom and dad have come down off of their “my baby graduated” high, what happens? How do you begin to make the last 4 maybe 5 or 6 years of your life worth the headache?
The most important thing to remember at this time is that nothing happens overnight. You will not go from undergrad to CEO in a week or year for that matter. Don’t get discouraged. Keep in mind you are one of thousands maybe millions of ex-coeds in the MD, DC area all scrambling for a place to make their mark in the professional world.
The job that’s right for you may not be the first job that you land. You may have to kiss a few frogs before you get that “dream job." At this point your focus is getting experience. Being able to function in a setting other than a classroom is what a lot of hiring officials are interested in when hiring recent graduates.
So get out there and get in the game. Get some experience. Gain some networking contacts and make some money in the process. And remember, patience is key.