Congratulations! You are now a college graduate. Now what? The most important thing for you to do right now is launch powerfully into your career. As a recent graduate, growth is your goal, so you need to go for the biggest, boldest job you can get. Depending on your skills and interests, there are at least three ways to go about that:
Few environments offer you more work diversity than consulting firms and agencies do. You are constantly being pulled onto new projects with new teams and new clients in new industries and the pace is FAST. The work is long and often hard. But, especially in recent years, these types of firms have become excellent at attracting, retaining, and promoting talent. If you want to learn how to analyze a problem, play on a team, and write a killer presentation, a few places offer a better training ground.
Blue chip brands
Well-known organizations are usually bigger and slower than consulting agencies are. You won’t be allowed to take as many risks or make as many mistakes, but getting hired in nearly any capacity by a “blue chip” establishment will add credibility to your resume. For those looking for slightly less excitement and slightly more guidance, established and well-respected companies and nonprofit organizations can be great options.
Finally, there are startups or small, fast-growing organizations. They may succeed or they may fail. They will almost certainly be a bit chaotic so don’t even bother asking for the HR policies manual when you arrive. However, getting in on the ground floor will give you hands-on experience and responsibilities way beyond your years. Your ability to think on your feet, figure things out for yourself, and determine what you are really good at will exponentially increase. Of course the pay may not be great, but down the road your experience can prove priceless.
No matter what you do later in your career, launching well will pay big dividends.
By taking these leaps of faith and working hard, you can build a portfolio of experiences in one decade that most people don’t have in a lifetime. It won’t be easy and it certainly won’t be stress-free. But there will be days when you’re going to literally jump of joy and glow with pride.
No matter what you decide to do, be happy for where you are! If you start big, you will be big! If you don’t, that’s okay! Most people don’t anyways. YOU have the power to become whoever you want. Try hard and always be your best self. Congratulations graduate.