I Wish I’d Known That (AKA Advice for the Graduating Class – Part I)

We’ve spent a lot of time over our careers sharing advice with college seniors and recent graduates, and both of us have more recently spoken at our respective alma maters — University of Michigan and Ithaca College — to impart tips, tricks and lessons from our book, Be Your Own Best Publicist.

So, as the various schools finish playing “Pomp and Circumstance” and the throngs of young talent begin to take the walk from classes to corporate life, we wanted to share more of our favorite bits of advice to set them on their way.  We got so many great nuggets of wisdom from colleagues, friends and mentors that we’ve broken them into two installments.  Here’s the first part:
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News You Can Use: Forever Indebted — Rising Debt Makes Finding the Right Gig Vital For Grads


This past weekend, Meryl spoke to 175 seniors graduating from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications, where she also earned her degree. She, like so many graduates, feels  connected — even indebted — to her alma mater for the experience and access that it provided.

Interestingly, this year’s graduating class is indebted in a completely different (and quite disconcerting) way. The Wall Street Journal reports that, thanks to rising costs of education, those graduating from America’s colleges and universities this spring share a dubious distinction: the most in debt ever. And, according to a recent poll, a staggering 85 percent of graduates will move back in with Mom and Dad to try to stave off financial ruin while seeking a job to pay off the monies owed.
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Tips from the Trenches: Six Ways to Further Your Career

Over the last few months, we’ve been asked to share our tips from the trenches at colleges such as Manhattan College, Montclair State, Rutgers (and soon Ithaca College) as well as to professional, creative and alumni organizations including Advertising Women of New York, New York Women in Communications and The Hired Guns.

Last week, Jessica moderated a career panel for her alma mater, the University of Michigan, and the panelists — all successful alumni in different fields, from finance and e-commerce to fashion and food — had some great advice to share on how to be your own best publicist. Here are a few highlights:

 

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