So, you’ve graduated from AU

Congratulations! You’ve received your degree and can now proudly call yourself an AU alum.

Although you’re moving on to new opportunities, graduation doesn’t mark the end of your relationship with the AU Career Center. Whether you’re searching for a position or you’ve found a place to start your new career, it’s worth remembering the resources at your fingertips.

If you’re still seeking the right job for you, use these resources to help you along the way:

  • Career Center: As an AU alum, you have access to our office for life. In the short-term, the Career Center will be open all summer, so make an appointment for an in-person, phone or Skype advising session to discuss your career search.
  • Career-related websites: Places like Indeed, Idealist, USAJobs and AU CareerWeb are good places to search for job vacancies. Check these websites early and often, as new opportunities become available every day.
  • Networking opportunities: Capitalize on any chance you have to connect with alumni and other professionals. LinkedIn, The Leadership Libraries and GovLoop are great places to start your search for potential contacts. If you’re local, remember to check out DC LinkTank’s weekly newsletter for upcoming events to learn more about issues that interest you while also meeting professionals who work in these fields.

And, if you’ve landed a position, take these steps to enhance your new career:

  • Network with professionals in your field. Building relationships is an important professional skill, so your networking efforts shouldn’t stop once you’ve been hired. Use the web-based networking resources listed above and local events to make new contacts and learn from their professional experiences.
  • Learn new skills. One of my former colleagues was fond of the phrase, “if you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.” You’ll quickly find that this rings true in the workplace. Once you’ve started your new position, identify and acquire some additional skills that will be helpful to advance your career. These skills might directly relate to your field (proficiency in specific computer programs, language fluency, etc.) or could be more general (project management, public speaking, etc.).
  • Keep in touch with your alma mater. Become an active member of an alumni chapter, participate in events, and share your knowledge and experiences with current students who are about to embark on a new career journey.
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