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Spring is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about graduation. College graduation is much different than high school. Teachers aren’t going to hold your hand throughout the process, you have to take the initiative to get the ball rolling.

1 . Make sure you’re ready to graduate

Contact your advisor and verify you have completed all the requirements for your degree. Many students run into being a class or two short of completion. If that’s the case, you may have to take classes over the summer, but could still walk in the graduation ceremony.

2 . Order your cap and gown

Many students are opting out of participating in the graduation ceremony. Maybe you agree, but you have put so much work into earning this degree that you deserve the recognition. This is a special day for you and your family to celebrate your great accomplishment. You should discuss both options with your family and get their input as well.

3 . Clean up your social media sites

Some employers will look at your social media sites. Be sure to delete anything that could have a negative effect on you; bar photographs, political rants, relationship problems, and any other inappropriate material. If you don’t want to delete those memories, change your privacy settings to private.

4 . Start job searching

You should start thinking of where you would like to work after graduation. If you would like to move out of state, you can research the areas you like best. Also, think of the type of organization you would like to work for; non-profit, corporate, Fortune 500, start-up, etc.

 Begin applying for jobs as soon as possible. In your cover letter and resume be sure to state your expected graduation date. Never put that you have graduated until you actually have. Even though you’re almost there, if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s not true.

5 . Depart from your internship positively

Internships are a great way to network with people and gain real-world experiences in the same package! Be sure to leave your internship on good terms. The connections you’ve made could help you in the future. You should follow them on social media and keep their contact information.

6 . Thank you cards

We live in a digital world, so if you take the time to hand-write a thank you card it means much more than sending a short email. You should send thank you cards to your internship connections. Thank them for the opportunity, include what you learned, and personalize it. Don’t make everyone’s card the exact same, put some thought into each one. You could also send thank you cards to your part-time job, professors, or advisor.

Follow these steps and get ready for the start of your life as a young professional!


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