April 30, 2024

What comes next? 5 tips for post-graduation success

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As graduation day approaches, chances are that you’re feeling accomplished, excited and maybe even a little nervous, but you don’t have to feel alone. K-State Olathe has loved having you as a student and we look forward to supporting you in your post-graduation journey. 

As a new graduate, you might be wondering how you can start moving forward after you finish your final semester. One of the most important things you can remember is that your journey with our campus isn’t over. We offer a variety of post-graduation support options, including professional development opportunities. 

In today’s blog post, you’ll discover five important steps you can take to succeed after graduation — and learn how we continue to be there for you even after you graduate. 

Here’s what you need to know. 

1. Jump Right In

Once you decide what your future career path is going to be, jump right into applying for the perfect position. After years of hard work, sometimes putting yourself out there can be difficult, but one of the best ways to get over the possibility of rejection is to jump in headfirst. Start applying for positions you think you’ll be a good match for or ask for that raise that you needed more qualifications to get. The earlier you start looking, the sooner you can launch or reinvent your career. 

Be sure to lean on your professors for support through this process. They may be able to provide you with suggestions for interviewing, new skills to highlight on your resume or even act as references when you’re applying for new roles. Since many of our professors previously worked in industry positions, they are valuable resources who can support you as you seek out your next position. 

2. Give Back Through the Industry Mentor Program

We pride ourselves on providing top-notch support and service for our students, including a mentorship program that you can participate in. If you would like the chance to help support a current K-State Olathe student who is preparing to launch their own career, reach out to the Industry Mentor Program.  Our team would love the chance to talk with you about how you can make a difference in the life of a K-State Olathe student. 

3. Keep Improving

One of the most important things to remember about education is that you don’t have to stop learning just because you’ve graduated. In fact, there are many opportunities for continuing your education and developing your personal skills right here at K-State Olathe. Check out our events page for up-to-date information on our webinars, conferences and professional development opportunities so you can keep learning even after you earn your degree. 

4. Make Connections

Regardless of your career field, it’s important to continue networking after graduation. Many new graduates miss the camaraderie and social events that are often hosted on university campuses, so make sure you take the time to connect with other professionals after graduation. 

We offer regular events where students can mingle and interact with both professionals and students in various fields. For example, we host regular personal financial planning workshops where attendees can network with both industry professionals and current students. For professionals, this means the chance to connect with potential future employees. For students, this offers the chance to connect with professionals who can provide support and encouragement as you navigate your new career. 

5. Be Flexible

Even the best plans don’t always turn out the way we want them to. That’s OK! One of the most important things you can focus on as you move forward after graduation is that flexibility is key. Remember that each time your plans change, you have a new opportunity for personal growth and development as you move forward with life after graduation. 

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