To the Class of 2018…

Spring Semester 2018. Graduation. Packing. Transition.

Saying goodbye to beloved IU and this idyllic university town can be bittersweet as you prepare to begin a new chapter.

First, congratulations on all you have accomplished since arriving in Bloomington.

What’s next? Starting your new job or an internship? A gap year? Plans for graduate school? Not sure?

Not sure is just fine. Life doesn’t need to a checklist.

But, as you learned in that first big lecture class, it does help to take notes.

To help you jumpstart your career, jot down all the things –– big and little –– you’ve learned through class assignments, participation in student groups, volunteer activities, part-time jobs, a guest speaker and, yes, from living on Planet Earth. This is your knowledge.

Think also about, and please write down, all of the things you know how to do, from being a good listener to writing song lyrics. From building an argument to building a social media campaign. These are your skills. Go from general to very specific. Tell the details.

Add to this Where and When you have done anything you consider career relevant, with Whom and in Which settings. This is your experience.

Enhance your notes with the reasons you care about any of it. You have now expressed your values.

Finally, rank your information. In all the ways that make sense to you. This is how you gage your real interest level.

“Listen” to yourself as you Research You. Your discoveries will lead you to a Career Path, not merely a job, that means something to you. Get as close as you can to accessing your dreams.

Ask for help when you need it, in any stage of the process.

The Walter Center for Career Achievement is still here for you. Let us know how we can help.

 

By Marcia Debnam
Marcia Debnam Career Coach Marcia Debnam