College is supposed to be a time of finding yourself and discovering what it is you want to do with your life. Most of us take away amazing things from college: how to build friendships, how to survive adult break-ups and how to recover from a hangover. While most of us walk away with a textbook understanding of how to jump start our careers, no matter what your professors teach you, there are a lot of real world obstacles that college doesn’t prepare you for. These female entrepreneurs have some great tips that go way beyond the books and help to prepare yourself for making it on your own.
“If you're in a job that you hate, don't be scared of seeking out something that might be riskier.” - Whitney Wolfe, CEO of Bumble
This tip can seem pretty scary but it doesn’t have to be. If you don’t like your job there’s nothing saying you have to keep it. Sometimes branching out and trying something new will lead you exactly where you need to be.
Read more tips from Whitney at Cosmopolitan.
“Always just ask for help. It’s so simple and it sounds so trite but it’s true. People want to see a person be successful. The key to success is to help others succeed.” - Michelle Garcia, Owner of Heirloom Catering
In school it’s pretty much you doing all the work yourself or contributing a small part to a group assignment. In the real world, there are people out there who are willing to help you and it’s not cheating!. All you have to do is ask!
Read more about Michelle and other female entrepreneurs at Fast Company.
If you fail in the real world no one gives you an F and takes away your scholarship. You might disappoint yourself or someone else, but that’s it. Then you get to move on and try again. It’s ok to fail. You’re going to fail. No matter what you, got this!
Read more from Barbara at The Huffington Post.
“Be honest with yourself in a way where you’re very realistic about what you’re capable of.” - Kelsey Ramsden, Canadian Entrepreneur & founder of KelseyRamsden.com
You can’t do everything. You can try, but you won’t succeed at everything. Learning your own strengths and weaknesses is a huge part of being successful. Are you detail oriented or more big picture? Do you like multi-tasking or do you want one project at a time? Once you know your strengths you can truly figure out how to make yourself succeed.
Read more about Kelsey at Forbes.
What’s some advice you’ve received that you never learned in college?