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Life After Graduation

Now that you’ve finished your formal education, you’ll want to make the most of your newfound freedom in work and life. 

Match your work to your personality 

Attending school requires you to spend your days in classrooms and your efforts on assignments and exams. But workplaces vary widely, and different people prefer different types of work. Figuring out which job responsibilities and environments would best match your personality can set you up for a happy work experience. People who love quiet and solitude probably wouldn’t do well working in a daycare. People who crave social interaction tend not to care for isolated cubicle work. Personality assessments like Career Cruising and O*Net Interest Profiler can give you ideas for career paths that might fit you well. 

Learn something new 

Perhaps you think you might like a job, but you’re not quite sure you’ve got the skills to do the work or land the interview. Sure, some skills take years of study. But others you can pick up in ten or twenty hours. For those, you can punch in your library card number and log into LinkedIn Learning or Gale Presents: Udemy. Both offer thousands of online courses on subjects like coding, sales, and design.  

If you could use some guidance on the application process, consider clicking through the Library’s job and career guide or scheduling a one-on-one resume review 

Process your frustration 

Professional life is hard, so you might want to indulge in a couple of classics of workplace rage. Check out Sorry to Bother You and/or Office Space 

Be a person 

You spend a healthy chunk of your waking life outside the workplace, so remember to put some effort into your leisure hours. Take up a hobby, read a book, join a club, attend an event. There’s probably even some sort of organization in Pittsburgh that sponsors things like this. 

You can sign up for a free library card here 

If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.     

If you’re looking for more book suggestions, we’re happy to recommend them to you! Use this Book Recommendation form to send us some information about what you like to read and we’ll curate a list just for you.    

If you have any additional questions, you can contact a librarian through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also call us at 412.622.3114 or email us at

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