Thomasville Scene April / May 2019 - Page 46

| graduation | Make good use of your final days as a student as graduation nears Metro Creative G raduation is the culmination of a lengthy journey students take in pursuit of their academic and pro- fessional goals. As graduation day draws near, it can be tempting for students to take their foot off the gas and spend their time having fun with their fellow students be- fore everyone goes their separate ways. Such an attitude can derail years of hard work. Though the temptation of celebrating with friends may be hard to resist, the following are some ways prospective graduates can stay on course as graduation day draws near. • Maintain your academic focus. It can be easy to get caught up in upcoming celebrations and the next chapter in your life, but students should stay the ac- ademic course until their final day in the classroom. Keeping grades up is important, as no one wants to put graduation at risk when it is so close. • Familiarize yourself with your school’s guid- ance office. Guidance counselors often provide infor- mation on coursework and future schooling options, but they can guide you in other ways as well. Some guid- ance offices double as career placement services, helping students prepare résumés, cover letters and portfolios. Some also help students with career assesments that can guide them as they look to begin their careers as profes- sionals. 46 • Gather some references. The organizers behind the Sales Innovation Expo, a professional networking gathering, indicate that 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking. Begin talking with all of the people April - May 2019 Thomasville Scene