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Three Pieces of Advice for New Career College Graduates

Joe Girard, Systems Project Manager for Sprott Shaw College recently spoke at one of our graduation ceremonies and shared some advice with the new graduates on starting their new careers. Here is some of what he advises:

1.) DEFINE YOUR CHARACTER

Build your brand with integrity. DO what you say you will do. The best advice that I ever received was during my first year after I graduated from college. It is one that I remember every day and share whenever I can.

So always be on. Always be kind and have integrity in everything you do.

2.) LIVE IN THE MOMENT

Cherish this opportunity to actually be able to build a career and to be in control of your future. You are in an economy that is constantly changing and you have made the right decision in preparing yourself through education. But remember that knowledge is not the most important thing. Appreciate those around you and do everything you can to bring a smile to someone’s face each day. Ask questions and listen.

My challenge to you: Can you try and make one person smile or laugh each day?

3.) HAVE FUN!!

Don’t take yourself so seriously. So many people are way too serious. Sure there will always be lots to do, and we will always be busy, but find a way to make it fun! Make this journey exciting! You will spend the majority of your waking life at work, so make it something you enjoy.

The world will keep spinning and there are enough grumps already to say it is spinning too fast. Don’t be one of them.

He also provided 5 FUN new job tips:

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.
Don’t be irreplaceable, if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted
You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and wear a lab coat
The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole
If you are upset about something at work, definitely post it on Facebook to vent – especially if you have added your boss as a friend.

You can also read his blog post on this topic, which goes into more detail on each piece of advice at www.joegirard.ca.

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