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Tips for New Graduate Students

Going through the phases of graduation can be challenging and intense but it is equally rewarding. College life gives a unique experience where lectures, as well as practical knowledge,are of utmost importance. But it does not have to be stressful, rather one should enjoy the college life. Here we have 10 tips to survive and thrive during your graduation and prepare for the demands of post-graduation and corporate life.

  1. Focus more on learning, not grades – Although academic knowledge is important, you retain more information if you attend seminars and workshops and participate in college events and activities. Experiential learning teaches you concepts that classrooms do not.
  2. Manage your time – One of the most important skills is to budget your time effectively. Prioritize your tasks and allocate time for them accordingly using Google Calendar or simply a paper planner.
  3. Take initiative – Once you have stepped into the college life, you are expected to be independent. Be curious and ask questions to your professors, peers, or seniors about anything that interests you.
  4. Do not procrastinate – Procrastination affects your goals adversely and it is more difficult to procrastinate when you are on post-graduate level. It is advisable to keep a track of your assignments and projects and be on the top of them.
  5. Be an expert – Now after 3 or 4 years of graduation, you get an idea where your interest lies. Take advantage of that and enhance your knowledge of the subject with the help of professors. Becoming an expert in your field will increase your chances of employability and will add value to your portfolio.
  6. Connect with your alumni – Do not hesitate and reach out to established and successful alumni of your college working in areas that interest you. Learn from them about their career journey and how did they achieve their goals. Take advantage of your alumni connections.
  7. Work as an intern – Paid or unpaid, internships will certainly add credibility to your resume and will attract prospective employers. The training and mentorship you will receive during your internship will be more beneficial than classroom sessions.
  8. Learn new skills – Whenever you have free time, learn new skills related to your field. If you like writing and are pursuing journalism, take free courses on Creative Writing or How to Use Photoshop. These skills will help you stand out from the crowd during the placement.
  9. Get yourself a hobby – Set yourself apart from other students in your batch. Involve yourself in some cultural activity or sports or be a part of the organizing committee during the fest. Volunteer for social work or undertake any course apart from your academic session.
  10. Build your network – Understand the power of networking and keep building your contacts. If you are attending any workshop, talk to the speaker or organizers. Get in touch with your professors or even friends – you never know when someone can prove useful.

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