you want a job straight out of college, don't come knocking on Kirk McDonald's
president of a tech company in New York City, McDonald wrote a brutally honest
op-ed in theWall
Street Journal called "Sorry,
College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You." He believes most college
graduates don't have the one skill that's in high demand: computer
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our first few years in the real world, what else should we take time to learn?
Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25
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an apartment lease before you sign. All of
An Excel PivotTable will change your life.
cover letter should add color and personality. It shouldn't summarize your
likes to receive praise, but the smartest young adults actively seek
days of a college syllabus are long gone. If you're waiting for someone to
give you direction, have a seat. You'll be there a while.
is great, but some moments require your undivided attention.
the pay-stub that accompanies your paycheck.
no such thing as an overnight success. However, people who do "break
through" tend to start their day while others are still asleep.
the difference between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA.
though college is over, you should still find extracurriculars. Among the many
reasons, clubs and organizations are terrific places to network.
never too busy to write a thank-you note.
ability to follow-through on assignments can take you from 25-year-old newbie
to essential team member.
probably make more money than some of your friends and less than others. The
only thing that matters is that you pay your own bills on time.
a lunch to work. It's healthier and cheaper than eating out.
step into an interview room without research on the company and questions for
Learn it and love it.
interns with respect. They'll provide you with management training and ease
impress older business associates, ask about their own career path. You may
also learn a thing or two.
less you write, the tighter the message. The less you talk, the stronger the
only failure in your 20s is inaction. Everything else is trial and error.
halfway through the most formative decade of your life. You don't need all the
answers, but you must keep asking questions. Start with this one: what's
something new that I can learn right now?