Dear December Grad,
First off, congratulations! All those years of studying, writing essays and solving equations are behind you!
With most students graduating in May, it can be pretty lonely for a December grad on graduation day. Although you might not be getting your diploma with the people who got you through college alive, you won’t have to worry about accepting your diploma alone. The people you’ve been sitting next to the last few years, working on group projects with, some of them are graduating in December, too. Link up with them for the ceremonies and then celebrate later with your besties! The good news is everyone can make your party because not as many people are graduating in December!
My next tidbit of advice is to RELAX. You just finished a marathon of schooling. So what if you don’t have a job lined up before you put on that graduation cap? The holidays are here. Enjoy this time with your family and friends. You might be too busy working next year to rest and relax like you can right now. The real world comes at you fast, so stop and take a breath.
If you haven’t secured a job once the New Year hits, it’s time to go all in. Job searching is a full-time job in itself. If you really want a job, make sure you’re treating the search process as such. Craft every cover letter specific to the role, make sure you’re using action words and quantitative phrases in your resume. Put in the work and it will pay off.
Be patient and understanding through the job process. If you’re getting interviews, that’s great! Even if you don’t end up getting the job, you are getting more practice at interviews so the next time around you are that much better. Celebrate the little victories and don’t get down on yourself if it takes awhile to find a gig. The right one will come along at the right time.
While you were in college, it was easy to connect with people. It’s a little harder post grad. Find your college’s local alumni association and join a young professionals group. Go to networking events in town related to your field. These are important things to do whether you have a job or are still searching.
Once again, congratulations on graduating! This is a big deal, so savor it.
December ‘14 Grad