In my last post I shared some gift ideas for recent science graduates. What is one post-graduation tip that you remember? How did you feel after you graduated?
7 Tips for Recent Science Graduates:
1. Stay Connected:
Social media makes it easy to stay connected, but don’t forget the old fashion way still works. Look at your professional network, peers, mentors, colleagues, and professors. Building a strong professional network sets the foundation to become a successful scientist.
2. Take Advantage of Alumni Memberships:
Many universities and professional organizations offer free memberships for recent graduates as a graduation gift. When you change your membership status from student to alumni you are expanding your network. Since it is getting warmer there will be social events, mixers and many opportunities to get involved with your alumni associations. Check them out!
3. Stay Positive:
Between celebrations, festivities and everything else that comes with graduating staying positive is pretty easy. Right? For some recent graduates, graduation can feel like big change filled with the fear of uncertainty. Don’t let this get you down. Remember that you graduated. That means you made it! Stay positive and celebrate each milestone to come because you earned it. After all your degree says so.
4. Consider Graduate School:
If you are thinking about becoming a researcher, professor or want to become an expert in your field consider going to graduate school. There are many options. Are you interested in a Ph.D., M.S. or another professional degree? The great thing about a STEM degree is that it can take you anywhere. If you are considering applying to graduate school the summer is a good time to study for your GRE. Explore different programs and talk to people to see if graduate school is for you.
5. Consider Internships:
An internship is a good way to explore career options. Whether you are interested in research, industry, policy, or academia there is a STEM career for you. Don’t be afraid to explore and get out of your comfort zone.
6. Start a Hobby:
After you earned your science degree why not get more in tune with your creative side. If you are really good at your hobby you can turn it into a small business.
7. Relax with Some Reading:
Now that you have finished school take some time out to read for fun. Take a break from your science textbooks and read that new series you have been wanting to check out. If you really enjoy reading you can even start a book club with your friends.
These are just a few of my tips. What tip(s) do you have for recent science graduates? Share below.
Congratulations to all the Graduates!!! You made it!
Just in case you missed some of the posts in my recent graduate series here are the links below:
Recent Graduate Series