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Backpacks to briefcases, spring 2014


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Backpacks to briefcases, spring 2014

  1. 1. Backpacks to Briefcases: Navigating the Waters from College to the Working World Laura Ledgerwood Garcia Social Media Coordinator & Career Consultant The University of Georgia Career Center
  2. 2. College vs. Work College Work Flexible schedule Schedule depends; ranges from 8-5, holidays, weekends, flex time, etc. Homework and readings to do weekly Little to no homework Grades Performance reviews Professors Bosses Individual Teamwork Same age range Various age groups Student Involvement Community Involvement Next steps clearly defined Your career is where you take it
  3. 3. Making your Move You got a job/got into graduate school…. what’s next?what’s next? 1.Find housing 2.Create a budget 3.Get acclimated 4.Create a brand for yourself
  4. 4. Housing • Apartment resources • Local agents – Google it! • Check for crime rates • Ask for recommendations • Read online reviews • Renting a house vs. renting an apartment
  5. 5. Housing Considerations • # of rooms • # of bathrooms • Roommates vs. living by yourself • Pet fee • Gym • Laundry • Furnished/non furnished • Budget for start up costs & deposits
  6. 6. Relocation • Moving on your own • Move with help on site • Moving company - 18 wheeler Least expensive Most expensive
  7. 7. Budgeting Income Tax •On average, approximately 28% of annual income is lost to taxes – $42,000 salary = $3,500 a month – After taxes $42,000 salary = approximately $2,500 •Monthly spending on housing should roughly equal 1/3 of income - $825 •Create a budget
  8. 8. Budgeting FYI: Average UGA starting salary is $45,000 •Keep your receipts •Record your expenses •Think of ways to save
  9. 9. Retirement • Serious doubts whether Social Security will last for this generation • A study by T. Rowe Price looked at thousands of possible investment scenarios to determine the odds of having enough money saved to replace 50% of your income in retirement. The findings: If you start early, you'll need to save 15% of your pretax income every year. • If you start later, 25% is a more realistic figure • Contact the company financial planner/HR to discuss your options
  10. 10. Savings • Create an emergency fund - $1,000 minimum • Automatically draft your account • Consider joining a credit union • Take a personal financial planning class – Dave Ramsey: Financial Peace University • Coupon – – –
  11. 11. Healthcare 1.HSA/FSA – Health Savings Account 2.HMO – Health Maintenance Organization 3.PPO – Preferred Provider Organization 4.Others
  12. 12. Work/Life Balance • Chamber of Commerce website for events/other attractions in the area • Young professional groups • Alumni groups • Hobby or interest based groups—political, running, athletic, place of worship • Take a class
  13. 13. • Keep track of your achievements for performance reviews & raises • Ask for feedback • Be open to criticism • Volunteer Find a life outside of work Transitioning into the Work World
  14. 14. • Under promise, over deliver • Do more than your job description Transitioning into the Work World
  15. 15. Transitioning into the Work World • Avoid office gossip and stay positive • People in power don’t always have a title
  16. 16. Transitioning into the Work World • Show up on time and do your job, even when it appears no one is watching
  17. 17. Transitioning into the Work World • Be careful what you put in writing • Think about your tone and whether or not you are using the best medium
  18. 18. Transitioning into the Work World • Ask & listen before acting • Respect traditions • “When I was at ________, this is how we did it…”
  19. 19. Transitioning into the Work World • Networking is essential to – Find your next job – Make money – Find new friends and colleagues • Professional Conferences • Local groups • Ask coworkers what they are involved in
  20. 20. Common Mistakes New Grads Make • Thinking that because you have your degree, you shouldn't have to do grunt work • Not being thorough – You're expected to consider all the options thoroughly and make a recommendation that includes pros and cons • Thinking what you post on social networking sites doesn't matter • Procrastinating
  21. 21. Common Mistakes New Grads Make Cont’d • Not taking charge of your career • Waiting on someone to tell you what to do • Not putting effort into forming relationships with older colleagues • Not saying "thank you” • Developing contacts through professional associations
  22. 22. Social Media
  23. 23. Personal Branding
  24. 24. What is a brand? Branding: The perceptionof a brand in the minds of persons. The brand image is a mirror reflection (though perhaps inaccurate) of the brand personality or product being. It is what people believe about a brand-their thoughts, feelings, expectations. ~ American Marketing Association Personal Branding: “How we marketourselves to others.” ~ Dan Schawbel, Personal Branding Expert
  25. 25. What qualities do you associate with these brands? vs. vs.
  26. 26. Why should you brand yourself? • Generate business and future opportunities • To be perceived as a leader in your field • Stay up-to-date in your field • To prevent false representations of you or your organization • People Google you - Facebook: #2 - Twitter: #9 - LinkedIn:#12
  27. 27. Discover Your Brand • Assess your knowledge, skills & abilities • Identify strengths you can leverage and weaknesses you would like to work on • Think about your values, passions & future career goals • How do these tie together?
  28. 28. Establish Your Brand • Generate buzz about your work and ideas • Surround yourself with people you admire and aspire to be like – virtually or in person • Keep consistent & clearly communicate • There’s no time like the present • Benchmark yourself against your competition
  29. 29. LinkedIn for Branding & Job Search YOUR GOAL 1. Create a profile 2. Join Targeted Groups 3. Network with Professionals 4. Correspond appropriately 5. Maintain your network Industry Groups Alumni Groups Is what you’re asking reasonable? Groups Company Pages
  30. 30. LinkedIn Branding • Customize your header to state your field, industry, or what you are seeking • Add a brief summary and focus on concrete specialties – this can be found in advanced searches • Include solid bullet points – skills, achievements, things you learned, results John Smith
  31. 31. LinkedIn Branding • Update your status often – daily or weekly • Seek out recommendations • Customize your url • Reorder your sections to highlight your most relevant experiences first • Display groups you joined on your profile • Include work examples
  32. 32. Monitor what you created • Set up a Google alert • Check your online presence at regular intervals • Ask colleagues for feedback • Boost your brand by using the most trafficked websites
  33. 33. Don’t forget to Google!
  34. 34. Final Thoughts • Adopt the “Year of Yes” philosophy • Step out of your comfort zone • Monitor your finances and adjust your budget as needed • Find time for YOU • Get involved professionally and personally • Manage your brand, don’t let it manage you • Keep your LinkedIn profile and resume up to date!
  35. 35. QUESTIONS?? Laura Ledgerwood Career Consultant The University of Georgia Appointments: 706-542-3375 Walk-in Hours: Wednesdays, 12-2pm Satellite Hours: Tuesdays, 2-4pm