Michelle McGuire

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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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How to Find Post-Grad Friends

Oct 04, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

Up until college graduation, making friends is pretty straightforward. During college, you’re surrounded by thousands of like-minded peers. Making friends is as easy as working on a group project together, joining Greek life, or winning the random roommate lottery. But after graduation, everything changes. You get a job and move to a new city, while your friends scatter to different locations. Your new coworkers can be great work friends, but you probably don’t want to limit your social life to 9-5. So how can you make friends in this new city called home? Scale back your Netflix viewing parties of one and try these four ways to gather your new friend group:

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Post-Grad Career Tips: Should You Date a Coworker?

Sep 28, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Workplace etiquette

It’s bound to happen. At some point in your career, you’re going to be single and attracted to one of your coworkers. If you’re lucky, they will be single too! So you’ll start toying with the possibility of asking them out on a date. But you’ve never had to navigate the tricky world of office dating before. It could be potentially high-reward (hello office soulmate) or high-risk (the ever-present coworker ex). So should you or shouldn’t you? Before you take the plunge, consider these office dating do’s and don’ts:

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My First Week of Grad School

Sep 14, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

It’s been awhile since undergrad, so I was nervous for my first day of grad school. I had been out of school since 2013 and I forgot what it was like to be a student. Do I have to go school supply shopping? Did I remember how to do homework? Do grades matter? Will I make friends? Do adults still wear backpacks? I had no idea how to answer any of these questions, but the time had come. My first day at VCU Brandcenter was here.

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The Pros and Cons of Job-Hopping

Sep 05, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

Are you thinking about switching your job? You’re not alone. About 60% of millennials are currently open to a new job opportunity. And if you do end up switching, you’re likely to switch again. In fact, our generation switches jobs so much that we’re likely to have four or more jobs by the time we’re 32. This phenomenon of job-hopping gives us the freedom to build our career paths on our terms. It also comes with a healthy dose of skepticism from employers. So should you do it? Before you make your next “hop”, consider these pros and cons:

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Constant Temptation: The Do’s and Don’ts of Phones at Work

Aug 29, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Workplace etiquette

Let’s be honest, we love our smartphones. We’re constantly checking various apps and texting to keep up with our friends and the world around us. In fact, we love them so much that we check them as much as 150 times a day. And when you have an office job, some of these times will undoubtedly be at work. So how can you find that sweet spot of still getting a little phone time in AND rocking your job? Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when dealing with constant temptation.

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Lima to Darden: The MBA Experience of an International Student

Aug 16, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Grad school consideration

When you’re an international student pursuing your MBA in the United States, life can be a little complicated. You have to dive straight into a challenging curriculum all while learning American culture and business practices along the way. Lorena Quezada, a second-year student at the Darden School of Business, knew she was up for the challenge. She shares what brought her from her hometown of Lima, Peru to Darden and why the decision was definitely worth it.

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Your Turn: What to Ask During an Interview

Aug 08, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

You did it! You survived every interview question! You dazzled them with your experience and you nailed every answer. But then the inevitable moment came when they asked you if you had any questions and you completely froze. Isn’t an interview them asking you questions?

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How to Successfully Work from Home

Aug 01, 2018 by Michelle McGuire

Tags: Early career advice

The day is finally here. Whether you’re experiencing working from home freedom for the first time or just landed a remote job, your home and office are one. You now control your accountability, schedule, workstation, and even work outfit. Wondering how it’s possible to stay productive? The key is to resist those temptations at home (looking at you Netflix) and instead create your ideal working from home environment. Try these productivity hacks to maximize your working from home workflow:

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