Today’s guest alumni blogger Bob Dawson graduated from UCR in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. He will be starting graduate school at Cal State Fullerton pursuing in M.A.in Experiments, Psychology this fall.
Welcome and congratulations to the class of 2013! You have now entered the sacred ranks of UCR alumni and can proudly call yourself a college graduate! Graduation is the end of one chapter, and the beginning to many and exciting new things in life! But this can also be a tremulous, anxious, and nerve wracking time in many people’s lives. I am happy to share some of my experiences after I graduated from UCR, and also offer a few tips that I hope encourage other people to understand that graduation is just the beginning of great things to come!
My journey after UCR may be different or similar to your experiences, but I want to encourage everyone to keep going. Just like as an undergrad, we are going to face plenty of denials and “no” answers to what we want from life. If we have learned anything thus far, it is that our determination to push on past obstacles will be the most important attribute going on with new endeavors after school. Do not be dismayed by your own struggles, learn from them, and go forth with more motivation and drive to achieve what you want!
Tips for New Grads 1-5
1. Stay connected to the campus and utilize its many resources!
-Even though it feels like you just left, UCR has many great resources for its alumni. The UCR Alumni Association hosts regional networking events that are great for making new connections. The Career Center offers career services to alumni and can help beef up your resume or tone your interview skills. UCR is continuing to grow, so try to stay up to date with your new alma mater, and definitely utilize its resources as an alumnus/a!
2. It’s time to update your social media!
-As a rule of thumb, you want to keep your Facebook profile clean and presentable for any future employers that might check. Coworkers and future professional connections may check out your profile to make sure everything looks okay, so make sure your content is secure.
This is also the perfect time to join the LinkedIn community if you have not already! As a new user myself, I found it was an easy way to make great future connections. Utilize social networking to help you get to where you want to be in your post grad life & in your professional endeavors!
3. Stay connected to your industry!
-Look for any internships and possible fields that you want to explore. As a psychology major, I researched possible career paths to try to see myself in different career tracks in a couple of years. Try and find a mentor that you can shadow and go to for advice; this might be a staff member, faculty, or supervisor in your department.
4. If you end up moving back home, make sure you are using your time wisely!
–Save your money, get some good work experience, and enjoy not having to pay rent again! A lot of people dread the idea of moving back home, but it can be a good time to save up money and refocus your energy after you graduate.
5. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to do!
-Some people know that they want to move to a new city or go into graduate school, but the rest of us have to figure out the next steps after graduation. Take time to consider career options, possible places to move to, and also evaluate your personal relationships.
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