The Post College Professional

Making the most of the first few years of your career

Michelle McGuire

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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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Discover Yourself: 3 Personality Tests To Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Nov 01, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

We all love a good online quiz or two. Knowing what superhero you are or your Harry Potter house is super fun, but when was the last time you took a quiz that gave you valuable takeaways for your career? Welcome to the world of professional personality tests! These tests help you understand yourself, how you interact with others, and what careers best tap into your strengths. Here are few that can help you start learning more about yourself

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10 Books For Your Post-Grad Reading List

Oct 26, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

You may have graduated, but that doesn’t mean you should stop reading. Now that you’re out in the real world there’s even more to learn! How do you get a promotion? What even is a 401K? How do you do this thing called adulting? Assemble your own fall reading list with these ten suggestions and take on your first years out of college like a champ!

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Should I Wait? The Undergrad to Grad Decision

Oct 12, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

For undergrads who want to go to grad school, one of the hardest decisions to make is all about timing. Should you wait a few years after graduation and get work experience? Or should you go for it and continue your academic journey? Rachael Sherman knows the ins and outs of this decision-making process. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Creative Advertising in May 2018 and is now pursuing her Master’s in Strategy at VCU Brandcenter. She shares why she decided not to wait and how her grad student experience has been so far.

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