Graduation is looming, now what?

Graduation is looming, now what?

Prepare for the next career step

Graduation and career seem to go hand in hand so take action. Have you started thinking about what to do after graduation yet? What are your big “to do” items as you wrap up this semester? Find a job or perhaps an internship? Expand on your skills and abilities? Graduate school?

If you haven’t done so, it’s important to create your vision and begin working towards your career goals. Don’t let thinks sneak up on you.

Graduation and career:  Questions to ask

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you set your career-related goals and finish wrapping up your college career:

  • What work do I want to do?  What Industries I am interested in?
  • Why is this work important?
  • Am I competitive with others who do this work?
  • What are the main skills, knowledge and abilities needed to excel in this work?
  • Am I staying updated with the latest trends?
  • How’s my professional network? Am I actively using LinkedIn and is my profile updated and strong? Are my offline and online groups supporting me in making new connections and staying knowledgeable in my field?
  • Is my resume updated? Does it showcase my accomplishments and offer solid evidence that I am the best person to overcome an employer’s challenges?

These questions will help you start to formulate a plan in order to move forward. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Graduation and career: Take the next step

Once you have asked the hard questions, then take the next step to ensure that you move forward with your career.  If you need a job, then start sending out applications. When you are go on in school, be sure to apply for further education.  If you need another class, be the one to sign up.  Be sure to do what it takes to move forward after career.

Graduation and career can lead you forward towards positive professional goals.  Do what it takes to keep moving forward.

50 Questions for Self-assessment and Feedback

These fifty questions will help you perform a self-assessment and provide feedback to yourself. Be honest with yourself, this isn’t anybody to impress here.

Self-Assessment Section 1: Defining Goals

1. If you were to FULLY live your life, what is the first change you would start to make?
2. What areas of your life could be upgraded/tweaked?
3. What could we work on now that would make the biggest difference to your life?
4. How would you feel about doubling that goal?
5. What are you tolerating/putting up with?
6. What do you want MORE of in your life? (Make a list)
7. What do you want LESS of in your life? (Make a list)
8. What are three things you are doing regularly that don’t serve or support you?
9. How could you make this goal more specific or measurable?
10. What would be the biggest impact from achieving your goal(s)?
11. What would you try now if you knew you could not fail?
12. How can we make this something you’re aiming towards, rather than something you’re trying to move away from?
13. What do you love?
14. What do you hate?
15. What’s one thing you would love to do before you die?
16. Is now the right time for you to make a commitment to achieving these goals?
17. What could we work on right now that would really put a smile on your face?
18. For your life to be perfect, what would have to change?
19. What do you really, really want?
20. What’s one change you could make to your lifestyle that would give you more peace?

Self-Assessment Section 2: Action Stations

21. What’s the first/next step?
22. What research could you do to help you find the first (or next) step?
23. Who could you talk to who would illuminate this issue?
24. Who should you be hanging out with – so that achieving this goal becomes natural? (i.e. who’s already doing it?)
25. How can you get the knowledge/ information you need?
26. What are three actions you could take that would make sense this week?
27. On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited to you feel about taking these actions?
28. What would increase that score? (e.g. handle fear, clearer steps, more support, more fun)
29. What would Tony Robbins do in this situation? What would “massive action” look like?
30. What will happen (what is the cost) of you NOT doing anything about this?

Self-Assessment Section 3: Gaining New Perspectives

31. What can you learn from this?
32. In what way is the current situation absolutely perfect?
33. How could you turn this around immediately, and enjoy the process?
34. What in this situation can you find to be grateful for?
35. What are you doing well? What can you do better?
36. What’s one way you could have more fun in your life?
37. If you were your own coach, what coaching would you give yourself right now?
38. What is the value of your current attitude?
39. What’s your favorite way of sabotaging yourself, and your goals?
40. What should I say to you if I spot you doing this?

Self-Assessment Section 4: General Diagnostic Questions

41. What are three of your greatest strengths?
42. What are you most excited about now? What are you looking forward to?
43. What’s one way to get more energy into your life?
44. If your relationship was IDEAL, what’s one thing that would be different?
45. What would be your ideal career – if you could do anything?
46. What’s one thing that you could do to give yourself more peace financially?
47. What is your life really about? What is your purpose?
48. If you had to guess your life purpose (from looking at your life to date), what would it be?
49. What would you like most to be acknowledged for so far in your life?
50. Who in your life should be acknowledged more? Would you like to acknowledge them for something today?