Guest blogger Taylor Christian currently serves as the Marketing Associate at Lion Elastomers, a synthetic rubbers company. She helps form the team of 2 that handle all marketing, advertising and public relations needs for the company. She graduated from the Manship School of Mass Communication in May 2015 with a concentration in public relations and a double minor in business administration and Spanish.
While in undergrad, I was a very involved student. I was passionate about my major and hungry to get my career started. I made sure to get professional development through PRSSA and had several resume building internships, but no matter how much you bust your tail, there are some things that you just can’t learn until you have that diploma in your hand. Here are just a few things that I’ve learned in just my small amount of time of post-grad life.
All about the benefits
In class I learned so many things from writing a press release to handling a communications crisis, but no one ever prepared me to handle and understand all of the paperwork that comes with your first job offer. When transitioning from broke college kid to sort of adult, I’m sure you are probably only concerned with how many stacks your new company is offering you, but FYI, there’s more to some offers than money. Also, know that what you see is not always what you get. Think heavier taxes, insurances and your 401K. If you’re not fully aware of these things, please ask a mentor to explain it to you, so you have some sort of idea of what you’re looking at when you receive an offer. Knowing these things will help you be able to better negotiate your job proposal and can give you a better stepping stone for your future (like good investments and more vacation days).
Being the youngin’
When you start a new job, unless you are at a super cool start-up firm, you will probably be one of the youngest people in the room. Don’t be discouraged, instead, EMBRACE IT. I find myself working with people that have children and even grandchildren that are my age or older. When you hear others in your field say that they’ve been working in the industry longer than you’ve been alive, it’s easy to get a bit insecure, but realize that you were hired for a reason. You have a set of expertise that your company is interested in and they likely chose you because you were the best fit for the position. Be confident. Also, pat yourself on the back, because not everyone your age is as together as you are.
Enjoy Where You’ve Been, Where You Are and Where You’re Going
That simple. You may not have your dream job or be where you want to be in life, but as long as you keep trying, you will eventually get there. Don’t look at your other classmates’ accomplishments and allow it to overshadow your personal achievements. Everything that you’ve done so far is a part of your own destiny, so have faith in that, and more importantly, have faith in yourself.
On the other hand, for those of you that get out and hit the dream job jackpot, don’t get complacent. Continue to learn and push yourself!