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December 16, 2014

Creative Career Advice for College Grads

Graduation is an exciting time. Not only are you greeted with gifts and congratulations, but, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll soon be introduced to new career opportunities that won’t be available to others. That said, it’s important you know how to navigate the new career landscape and make the most of whatever opportunity you decide to take advantage of. What’s the best way to avoid career fails? Here’s some unconventional, creative career advice for the graduating senior to help you make the most of what’s to come.

Don’t be afraid to improvise

You’ll hear a lot of career experts and professional career coaches stress the importance of having as much order in your professional life as possible. Well, that’s good advice to a certain extent, but according to Golin CEO, Fred Cook, improvising can be considered a critical survival skill in the career world. Cook asserts that improvising will help young people muscle up the courage to take risks and try new things in their career that they would have otherwise been weary of.

Try not to rely (solely) on your college education

No, it’s not to say that you wasted four years in college, but what you have to understand is that the knowledge gleaned from your college days will only go so far in your career. Be open to a perpetual type of learning that will allow you to operate with a spryness that will help to quickly take you to new levels in your career.

Avoid setting your hopes on being fulfilled

This may seem like the wrong type of advice to give, but it’s true and it will likely save you a lot of headache in the long-run. Career coach Stephen Pollan reinforces what the point of a career is when he tells us that we should refrain from seeing it as a source of fulfillment, and be more concerned with its role as a source of income. Pollan states that employers are concerned with making us happy, therefore, fulfillment should be found in areas like our love lives and other personal relationships.

Build your manager’s status before your own

Has anyone ever told you that what you do reflects on your manager? Well, they were right. So right, in fact, that in your career you will soon see how, in most cases, the recognition you should be getting for your hard work and business ethic will be reserved for your manager. Yet, that’s not all bad.

You see, your manager will be the one who gets promoted, who works on the big projects, and if the company ever downsizes, he or she just may be one of the ones deciding who gets to keep their job. So, if you’ve done your part in building and protecting their reputation, you’ll eventually get the recognition and reward you deserve – and it’ll likely pay off in ways greater than you ever imagined.

This creative career advice has the potential to take you far if you use it the right way. Take your career one day at a time and remember, it’s all about making the most of the role you’re going to fulfill for the next few decades.


Katrina Manning is a content marketing specialist who has penned thousands of articles on business, tech, lifestyle and digital marketing for a wide variety of global B2B clients. She mostly writes for  and she is also the author of three books and is currently working on her fourth. In her free time, she enjoys fundraising for charitable causes, playing with her cat and baking.