The Dip – From College to Career

Seth Godin is a best-selling business and marketing author and blogger. He's known for stating the obvious in a way that gives us a kick in the butt and gets us motivated. I just finished The Dip. I thought this would be a good introduction to Godin because it was short enough to download the audio book on my iPod and listen to the entire thing during the course of my commute to and from the office. I wish I'd read this book last summer, when I went through my own personal dip. I went from the comfort and familiarity of my college life to flat broke in a new city, working as an intern with the hopes of it turning into a real job and missing my friends, my family, my boyfriend. I met other recent grads who didn't last the summer in Chicago. They couldn't take the challenge of something so new and unstable, so they went home to live with their parents until they could figure out the next step in their lives. I'm so glad I didn't give up and go home. Starting over—transitioning from college to career—can be a bit tricky at first. We become accustomed to our bubble that is college, so when we realize that we have to completely reestablish ourselves (for those of us who relocate this applies to both career and personal life), it can be a bit shocking. We have to put in our time and figure out what the hell we are doing. We are the juniors. If you're in a new job, you may have to work harder than your more experienced coworkers as you learn the basic of the company and how it functions. If you're in a new city, you may have to go out of your way to be social, even on evenings when you really just want to stay home, so you can begin to establish new friendships. And if you need some additional inspiration while you're at it, just ask Seth.

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