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What advice would you give to a graduate heading out into the working world?


Asked by SweetLuci at 8:43 PM on Feb. 4, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • Have confidence in what you know. That no matter what field you are going into you have studied hard (I hope) for everything you are about to achieve. There's nothing more important then having confidence in what you know and can do.

    I agree with pay cash for everything that you can and save for the future. Try not to take out any loans if at all possible, because the more loans you have the bigger the debt you have. Creating a solid foundation by paying with cash and saving for the future will allow you the greatest reward in the end. You will not have the mountains of debt most Americans have and you will still have what you need.

    Never live outside of your means though.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:08 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Don't get a credit card and don't finance a bunch of stuff.
    Network. Tell everyone you know you're looking for a job and what your skills are. Heck, I tell people at the grocery store if we're waiting in line long
    Don't take dumb and embarrassing pics of yourself and put them on Facebook. They may come back to haunt you.
    When you get your first job, work as though it's the most important job you'll ever have...because it just might be. The experience and connections you make there will often determine the rest of your life...even if you think it's a stupid entry-level job.

    Answer by SherriPie at 10:14 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • save as much money as you can

    Answer by MrsMWF at 8:46 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Do whatever makes you happy, pick a job you will want to do and do it well, always follow a dream.

    Answer by older at 8:48 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Pay cash for everything and save for your future because no one else is going to do it for you.

    Answer by slw123 at 9:00 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • no credit cards. and don't prejudge a lowly job opportunity with low pay, you never know who you could meet along the way.

    Answer by skitNbearsmom at 9:16 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • It's not going to be at all like what you were taught in school.

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 11:02 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Network, network, network

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:13 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • Take nothing personally. "Other peoples opinion on you is none of your business"
    Stay out of debt but maintain a bit for a good credit history. Do what you love.

    Answer by Liveyourlifeval at 11:02 AM on Feb. 6, 2011