To get the best experience life has to offer after graduation, there are certain things international graduate students need to know. These things are expected to put you on course as you swim through the waters of life. It is, therefore, important to be open to learn, re-learn and adjust to the dynamic nature of life.
So, let’s take a closer look at the things international graduate students need to know.
Have an Edge
Many students graduate with equal talents, grades and sometimes, opportunities. Unfortunately, some graduates only focus on the grades they attained or how fast they were able to conclude their higher education. After evaluating yourself, you should focus on what gives you an advantage over your colleagues from college. This could be a skill, your network or a project you once executed or are currently executing. Being unique gives you an edge and increases your value in the labour market.
The fact that you’ve become a graduate shouldn’t hinder you from committing to life-long learning. Alvin Toffler opined that “The illiterate of the 21st century is not going to be those who cannot read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” For this reason, you need to become an avid reader with an acute quest for knowledge and skill. The knowledge you learn today could become your asset tomorrow.
Pick your employer Carefully
Upon graduation, you’ll be faced with a plethora of options to choose from. Usually, graduates reach out to employers who offer a handsome pay package. However, your focus should be on improving the requisite skills demanded in your field or profession. So, choose an employer who can encourage you to be the best and accelerate your career in the right direction.
Grow and nurture your Network
It is expected that upon graduation, you would have built a network within your community/field/profession. Someone within your network could make the difference upon graduation. Most importantly, ensure you nurture and leverage on the advantages your network brings. This way, they’ll be more willing to help when you’re in need.
Be a good Mentee
Be humble, respectful and dedicated to your mentors. This is necessary because regardless of your qualification, the lack of good character will prevent you from going far in your profession/field. Also, it is necessary to welcome feedback, especially if it’s a constructive critique of your performance. Showing gratitude and appreciation to your mentor(s) is a practical way of being a good mentee. Having an open mind is also of great importance.
Enjoy the Process
It’s normal to be eager to make money and become famous right after graduation from the university. However, understand that the journey of a thousand miles requires patience, endurance, perseverance, and faith. For this reason, international students need to brace up for the twists and turns life brings. Thus, when you are faced with an unpalatable circumstance, you’ll have sufficient strength and confidence to pull through.