1. Learning continues
It’s tempting to think that because you are officially out of formal education, you stop learning, but resist the temptation. Learning is a life-long activity, and an indispensible part of every individual’s growth. Even in the workplace, you’ll be required to constantly brush up on your old skills, and pick up new ones along the way. So don’t throw away your pens just yet!
2. A certificate does not equal success
It’s useful, but it is not the be-all and end-all of a successful career. In the real world, people are more interested in what skills you can offer, and what difference you can bring to the table, rather than how many ‘A’s you achieved, or your GPA. Consider a University degree as a stepping-stone, rather than the end goal.
3. Develop a good attitude and communication skills
Having a carefree attitude towards people may (but it shouldn’t) work for you in school/University, but in the real world, it won’t be of any help! It’s very important to maintain cordial relationships with people, to the best of your ability! (Who knows? One of them could be a potential employer.) Also learn the art of initiating and maintaining a conversation, and being able to sell yourself in a short space of time!
4. Start searching for jobs before you graduate
This is so important. Many undergraduates don’t understand the importance of starting the job search early, and getting ahead in the race. Get professional help with your C.V., speak to knowledgeable people in your chosen industry, attending networking events, and contact organisations you’re interested in. Start equipping yourself for life after University, and be proactive!
5. Learn how to manage your finances
This might be more difficult for students who are still dependent on parents or guardians, but it’s very important to manage money well, as it will help you start earning a salary. Ensure you budget properly, put some money aside for a rainy day, and avoid impulse buying and living beyond your means.