Goodbye AU, Hello Real World!

You’ve aced the interview, negotiated a stellar salary and in a little over a week you will be throwing your graduation cap in the air, saying goodbye AU and hello to the “real world.” Sure, your dreams of six figures and a rooftop apartment were a little off – but you’re ready to take the workplace by storm and really make a name for yourself in your first job.  The Career Center wants to make sure you’re fully prepared so we’ve stocked our Career Resource Library with plenty of materials to help you make a smooth transition.  Here are just a few of our most popular resources:


Sink or Swim by Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell, Ph.D
Did you know that 25% of employees won’t make it through their first year on the job? This book details everything you will need to make the most of your first twelve weeks at your new job. It begins by providing five Sink or Swim skills: knowledge, time, team, goals, and image then takes you through each week detailing how and when you should use your skills to really make an impression. This book is a must read for anyone new to the workplace!

Gradspot.com’s Guide to Life after College by Chris Schonberger with Stuart Schultz
So you’re totally psyched about your new job but have you even thought about all the other things that go along with this whole adult, real life thing? Paying bills, taxes, buying a car, investing, retirement plans!? – these are just a few of the things you’ll need to figure out in your first year out of college. Hilariously written, Guide to Life after College has great information on all those little details you may have overlooked; it also has some great do’s and don’ts for your first job.

I Went to College for This? by Jay McGraw
In this tough economy, many of you grads have been forced to put your “dream job” on hold. Taking a job that isn’t exactly where you pictured yourself is okay as long as you’re making the most out of your experience. I Went to College for This? is a great resource that teaches you how to turn a not-so-glamorous position into a valuable learning experience. This book “will help you navigate the sometimes tricky, often confusing career paths that are part of obligatory dues you must pay on the road to getting the job you want.”

Don’t forget – once you graduate, the Career Center is still here for you! Your access to our Career Resource Library and AU CareerWeb is good forever. For up to one year after you graduate, you can see your regular advisor then after that, we have an advisor especially for alumni (we even take phone appointments if you’re not in the area)! Visit the alumni page of our website for more details!

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