The Post College Professional

Making the most of the first few years of your career

Michelle McGuire

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LinkedIn 101

Feb 15, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

Do you need a LinkedIn profile? The short answer is 100% yes. LinkedIn takes you from a recent graduate with a resume to a young professional with a digital presence. It is your ticket to a huge professional network of 500 million users and countless opportunities for professional development. It also takes minimal time to set up and doesn’t require constant upkeep.

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From Colombia to DC: The MBA Experience as an International Student

Feb 08, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

Alejandra Parra always knew she wanted to live and study abroad. After graduating from college in her home country of Colombia, she moved to Washington, DC, to work at the Embassy of Colombia and pursue her business school dreams. Now a financial consultant at Delphos International and a George Washington University MBA graduate, she shares what her business school experience was like as an international student:

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Diversity Matters at Business School

Feb 01, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

Ask a business school graduate what they enjoyed the most about their classroom experience and the answer may surprise you. It’s often not the amazing professor they had or the business knowledge they learned. It’s the richness of diversity in their classroom and how it shaped their education.

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New Year, New You, New Mentor: Mentorship 101 (Part 2)

Jan 18, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

Now that you’ve narrowed down who you think would make a great mentor, it’s time for mentorship magic to start happening. But, the work is far from over to turn your mentorship dream into a reality. How do you turn your ideal mentor into your actual mentor? And once they’re your mentor, how do you make that relationship work? You’re ready to take the next step.

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Level Up Your Technology Skills for Today’s Workplace

Jan 10, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

Visualize a workday at an average job. Is the day full of in-person meetings, phone calls, and gossip at coworkers’ desks? That’s so 2000. Technology is evolving the workplace as we know it. Where there once was one office in one city, there are now remote workers scattered across the world. Where there once were in-person meetings, there are video conferences and cloud collaboration. Are you ready for the technological demands of today’s workplace?

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New Year, New You, New Mentor: Mentorship 101 (Part 1)

Jan 03, 2019 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Your next career move

Did you know January is National Mentoring Month? The timing couldn’t be better to make finding the perfect mentor a New Year’s resolution. But before we go into what mentorship can do for your career, let’s answer the most basic of questions. What is mentorship? Think of it as a relationship you build with an experienced professional who will guide you on your career path. They’re the one person who will be able to answer your pressing professional questions (or at least point you in the right direction) and provide invaluable advice. So let’s find one!

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What To Expect The First Semester of Grad School

Dec 07, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

Way back in September I wrote about my first week of grad school. And now, as of December 5th, I finished my first semester at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Brandcenter. Countless hours of work, sleep deprived nights, and vending machine snacks went into this achievement. But I survived! And here are some of the most important things I learned along the way:

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The Business Card Essentials

Nov 30, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Workplace etiquette

When it comes to having your own business cards as a student or recent grad, there are probably a few questions running through your mind. Are they an antiquated tool of the past? What’s the point of them? And most importantly, should you have them? Never fear, these essentials will walk you through why business cards matter, what to put on them, and how to make your own awesome card.

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Give Professional Thanks

Nov 21, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Workplace etiquette

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, have you thought about how to show your gratitude at work? We spend so many hours at work surrounded by our coworkers and bosses, but we rarely take the time to pause and say thank you! Now is the perfect time to tell people at work that you appreciate them. Whether you’re finishing up a stellar internship or just closing out the year at work, here’s how to give thanks while maintaining professional vibes:

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Should I Get an MBA as an Engineer?

Nov 15, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

 Jeremy Williams always thought an engineering degree and an MBA made a perfect combination. A graduate from Miami University’s mechanical engineering program in 2010, Jeremy knew his education didn’t stop there. After working for a few years, he decided to attend George Washington University’s MBA program to round out his engineering education. Jeremy reflects on his unique path, why getting an MBA as an engineer makes sense, and how he combines both degrees as a product manager at GMAC.

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