Congratulations, graduates! It's been a crazy year of virtual learning, distanced get-togethers and social bubbles, but you got through it, likely picked up some new skills and are ready for the next adventure!
As you prepare to embark on the next chapter of adulthood – whether that means landing that first full-time job or pursuing further studies – know that Tyndale faculty and staff are cheering you on! Here are some words of advice to help you along the way.
Landing that first job can be tough, especially when many are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Be willing to accept internships and volunteer opportunities that are in your desired field. Although they may not pay as much, the experience alone can be extremely valuable at setting you apart from the crowd and making valuable connections.
If you haven’t developed a healthy exercise regime, now is the time to start. Sign up for a team sport, go for a run, download a fitness app or join a virtual kickboxing class. Depending on your career, you may be confined to sitting at a desk for hours on end. Start healthy habits early on so that you can reduce your mental stress and build your strength.
Your new employer will be looking for someone who can communicate well and who is respectful in all interactions. Look for in-person networking opportunities. Instead of posting big news on social media, call friends, host a video call or, better yet, tell them in person so that you can appreciate their facial expressions, body language and tone of voice. Find a mentor who can guide you and ensure that you put your best foot forward in interviews. And if you need help with public speaking, consider a LinkedIn Learning course, or try Toastmasters, which specializes in helping people speak confidently.
Keep in Touch
The friends you make in university will remain in your life as long as you want them to, but like high school, you have to put in the effort. Do what you can to stay in touch with friends with whom you can be your true self, and connect with professors as well. They can become valuable mentors, give you references and job leads or provide advice, when needed.
May God’s Word always be a lamp for your feet and light to your path (Psalm 119:105) as you begin this next journey. And may you find comfort in knowing that “the Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:8). Congratulations, class of 2021!