You’ve completed your coursework, walked the graduation stage, and received your first big kid job, but now what? Determining the next step in forming a fulfilling and meaningful career can be a mystery.
That’s why I’ve asked Asia Eidson (Todd, ’14) to share the knowledge she’s accrued since entering the real world.
From faking it to finding yourself, here are Asia’s life hacks for recent JMC grads.
1) Fake it ‘til you make it.
“If there’s anything I’ve learned in starting my own business, it’s that you can get pretty far in life by getting in over your head.” —Asia Todd
If you let the things you don’t know get in the way of achieving your goals, you won’t grow. Don’t know how to do something? Google it. Ask for help. Collaborate. Don’t go it alone.
“They say, ‘Travel is the only expense you can spend that will make you richer.’ You will be a better human for it. Your worldview, compassion, comfort zones, and appreciation for home—it all changes.” —Asia Todd
Your future self will thank you and your future bosses will thank you for having such a well rounded perspective.
3) Feed your brain.
In college your mind is constantly fed new information. When you graduate, it’s up to you to keep your brain fresh. Surround yourself with inspirational material that reminds you of what you want to do.
Some of Asia’s favorite ‘brain foods’ include:
4) You do you.
There are lots of people out there. What sets you apart isn’t necessarily what you can do, but who you are and how you approach your job.
“In this video we made for Photobyjoy, I didn’t focus on what gear I carry or the statistics of our Facebook page. I want my clients to know who I am and how I work because that’s what sticks.” —Asia Todd