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May, 2014

Prepare for success

Take these savvy steps before graduation

Whether heading straight off to a 4-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree or stepping into the working world, there are some things you want to be sure to do before throwing your cap into the air. According to Gateway career counselor Damira Grady, there are several things a student can do now to prepare for life after graduation.

  • Assess your debt. Find out the amount you owe. Most plans allow up to six months before beginning repayment. Unpaid balances owed directly to your college could prevent diplomas or transcripts from being issued.
  • Be at your very best. Dress professionally and show confidence now that you will have that hard-earned degree. A strong handshake goes a long way. Be on time for interviews, have a current resume with at least three reliable references at all times, and always send thank-you notes immediately after each interview. Now also is a good time to clean up social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Take advantage of the college’s career services. Counselors can assist with resume preparation, interview skills and assessments.
  • Continuing students should see their advisers to make sure their credits are transferable to the new institution. Be sure you have applied to the school of your choice, and find out if they require that you take the GRE, GMAT or any other graduate level exam.
  • Don’t forget to collect contact information from friends and instructors, but most of all, invite your parents over for celebratory pizza.

For more information on career planning and employment services, contact a Gateway Career Counselor at 800-247-7122 or visit

Life is Big. Be Prepared.