Mentors and real-world experience will help young professionals be successful


The transition from post-secondary education to the workforce can sometimes be a tricky one because the working world has a much different pace and environment than education.

But Karen Cleveland, marketing and communications manager at St. Joseph Media, and a guest instructor for the Career Readiness and Advancement summer workshop at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education, says there are a few things students and new grads can do to ensure that transition goes as smoothly as possible.

The best options are internships, co-ops and summer jobs in your field, so you can get used to the “real world” and get some much-needed experience under your belt while you’re at it.

How do you get a job without any experience?

The challenge many students face is that without experience you can’t get a job and without a job you can’t get any experience…so what do you do?

Karen says: be picky with your time.  Find volunteer and extra-curricular activities that teach you valuable skills that can build your resumé and transfer to the working world.

Networking early will help you throughout your career

Although networking can be a big time investment, it is a very worthwhile way for you to meet connections that will help you later on in your career.

By building relationships with people, companies and brands that you admire professionally and want to work with now or down the line, you will hopefully be remembered by these contacts if an opportunity for you comes available. Hopefully, they will also recommend you for any relevant jobs that come across their desk.

Find a mentor

Find someone who is interested in taking an interest in your career and professional development.  Hopefully  you can come to this person for advice on your career and how to succeed in the industry you really want to work in. This person should ideally be well-established and well-respected in the industry.

If you’re thinking about continuing education, check back next week for a series of articles and videos about how to build on your undergraduate education, or shift gears completely, using continuing education

The Career Readiness and Advancement workshop Karen is guest instructing is currently accepting enrolment. The workshop begins as early as June 11, so enrol today!

About the author

Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.