Making it in the Real World

 

Making the Transition from College to the Real World

Workshops, eBooks, and links to help you survive and thrive in your first job.

Congratulations on leaving or getting ready to leave college, grad school, or your post-doc. You've learned a lot, had fun and made friends. Now you're looking for a job and the reality is sinking in... College hasn't fully prepared you for the Real World. Relax, and welcome to dougsguides: a set of ebooks, workshops, and links to help you find a great job with great people.

Looking for your first job? --> Read Finding Your First Job
Got your first job? --> Check out Working with Other People and Managing Your Boss


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Student holding 'hire me' signThere are free career planning and job hunting resources available in your college career development office - have you consulted them?

Last week I attended the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) 2014 National Conference in San Diego.  The GCC is a collection of career counselors focusing on graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and they gather together each year to trade best practices, share successes, and develop strategies for dealing with common...

InterviewCongratulations on getting that job offer!  But what if you aren't happy with it? When you are coming to a new organization without a lot of business background, you may be bringing a lot of skills and training, but not a lot of proven performance.  You'll be hired on your resume and skills and maybe your references, but ...

Narrow pay gapsThe American Association of University Women published a study “Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation“ (pdf) looking at approximately 15,000 graduates to estimate the effect of gender on wages. The conclusion: occupations like nursing, engineering, and math, computer, and physical science occupations are the best-paying jobs for women one year...

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