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pioneerblog-ftmba-careerFor some reason when people finally get their MBA after the years of work and frustration, the newly certified students (even with their shiny accolades) don’t get handed positions in the workforce. The truth is there is a transition period, and it can be rough unless you know how to navigate this tricky area of growth. Here are three tips that can help you to seamlessly get through this transition period in a very successful way. You need all the right hiring skills, know the direction you are heading, and utilize all the resources at your disposal through the very university giving you the amazing degree you worked so hard for.

Get the Right Hiring Skills

Being qualified for a job is not the same as being able to get a job. The best way we have found to help graduates transition from their school life to their professional life is to train them on the most effective ways to write a resume or cover letter, and train them on proper interview etiquette and techiniques. Learning how to properly execute these skills will get you hired more quickly. If you think your degree will be enough, you need to stop and consider the fact that everyone else going for this job may have this same degree. It will not be enough. Look through some of our other posts to help you see how to best represent yourself through your cover letter and resume, and work with someone to help you prepare for the interview process. These things matter far more than you may realize.

Know the Direction You Are Heading

Arguably, the hardest part about moving from the education sector to the work sector is deciding which way to go. There are lots of jobs to apply for and lots internships to consider. Applying for everything is probably not the best way to go. A better plan would be to sit down and decide exactly which direction you want to take. Think about what you want and where you want to be in ten years. This one practice alone can help you to find the path that will lead you to that seemingly far off goal. This decision is critical. The way you start off after landing your degree will direct your trajectory for the rest of your career—so choose wisely.

Utilize All the Resources at Your Disposal

Nothing is more disappointing to those in our capacity than seeing students not use the services that are offered them. Independence can be a wonderful trait, but sometimes it crosses the bridge into pride, and this can get in the way of a lot of success. Take the help that is offered and let us do our job. Read the literature, talk to the counselors, ask the questions and get set on the right path with our assistance. At the University of Denver, we want to help make your transition into the real world a little easier.