Since I’m never going to be rich or famous enough to offer tips for success to new graduates, here is my advice for the newly minted graduates of 2012. Some are funny, some are serious and some flat out address my pet peeves from the class of 2011.
25. Live beneath your means, at least for the first 5 years out of school.
24. Do your own taxes.
23. Take a class on retirement planning. This summer.
22. Get a copy of your immunization records, birth certificate and medical records.
21. Get a number of a locksmith. Put it in your cell phone and glove compartment. Trust me.
20. Set your Facebook profile to not let people auto-tag you in pictures.
19. Tight clothes are never appropriate in the work place.
18. Trust me, your boss knows when you come in, when you leave and how many breaks you take. So do your co-workers.
17. Find a hobby that is off the beaten track of what your friends do.
16. There isn’t a job beneath you; there isn’t a ‘dream job’.
15. Eating fish at your cube will result in comments being made.
14. Share chocolate not drinking stories.
13. Learn to travel alone.
12. Take a job you think you might be interested in.
11. Stay in touch with former employers, professors and colleagues.
10. If you get fired (and you probably will), spend some time thinking about why you were fired. Generally both parties could have done a better job in communicating.
9. Always write a response to your review: just don’t sign and date. Put some thought into the critique of your performance.
8. Know a job you would excel at, know a job you would not like, know a job you would want if you could have any job in the world (even if it’s not in your field). All are popular interview questions.
7. “I’m a people person” or “I’m a hard worker” are probably the single most over-used phrases in the hiring process.
6. It’s ok to say you do not aspire to be a people manager. Some people manage projects better than people.
5. Keep your work colleagues separate from your friends.
4. Stay current with your profession, even if it’s on your own time.
3. Take advantage of tuition reimbursement offered by employers.
2. Leave your laptop, cell phone and blackberry at home during your vacation.
1. Find your passion. You will be spending a lot of time during your life at work: working in an area you feel passionate about makes all the difference in the world.