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10 Ways to Navigate Yourself Through the Real World!

Published 06/11/2014 by

You might know Lauren Berger as “The Intern Queen” but with the release of her new book, Welcome to the Real World, she is now covering a heck of a lot more than just internships. Lauren’s new book is all about how to be successful at your first, second, or third job after graduation. Lauren is a huge fan of Call It Spring and wanted to share some of her favorite tips from her new book on how to navigate your way into the real world!

1. Failure Isn’t An Option.

Remove that from your vocabulary. You can and will be successful. Take yourself seriously and be confident in your abilities. It’s all in the attitude.

2. Have a Work Out Plan.

Life after college isn’t always easy and I suggest have a daily stress relief plan. If going to the gym or going for a run isn’t your thing – plan a daily activity that can help you release stress. You are about to deal with several changes both personally and professionally!

3. Become Great at Follow Through.

Really focus on being the type of person who does what they say they are going to do. People like this are few and far between. You will impress potential or current employers and colleagues by being someone who follows through with their word.

4. Focus on Your Priorities.

Get in the habit of listing out the 3-5 most important things for you to accomplish personally and professionally each day. This will help you stay focused and feel accomplished before you get the job and once you land it.

5. Maximize Your Potential.

I saw this quote in a magazines years ago and it stuck. When you are unemployed, your job is to get a job. You are going to work harder than you ever have over the next few years and you have to work hard to maximize your potential every day. Always ask yourself, “Am I using my time wisely?” – “How Can I be More Proactive About My Future?”

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6. Network Your Brains Out :)

Building relationships is going to be crucial in your first, second, and third year on the job. When you are looking for jobs, focus on connecting with your current contacts and setting informational interviews. When you are at your job focus on networking both inside and outside of the company.

7. Embrace Entrepreneurship.

Just because you work for a company doesn’t mean you cannot be entrepreneurial within your role. Once you nail  your day-to-day responsibilities start thinking outside of the box and offering up your ideas (when appropriate) in brainstorm sessions. Ask yourself, “What am I bringing to the table? Am I adding value to the business?”

8. Don’t Catch the Busy Disease.

These days everyone thinks they are busier than the next. Try to understand that work is a never-ending to-do list – understand the difference between urgent and important. Don’t brag about how busy you are and try not to be on your phone when out with friends/family. Don’t be “That” person.

9. Make Staying In Touch a Priority.

Many people start that first job and quickly lose touch with family and friends from pre-job. Again, don’t get caught up in the “too busy for anyone” game. Make sure you stay in touch. Use time in the car while commuting to catch up with friends/family (on your hands-free of course!)

10. Stay on Top of Finances.

The best tip for handling your money during the “real world” is to be aware of how you spend it. Create a budget, go over your finances every month, and be aware of what you are spending and how you are spending it. Good luck!

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