4 steps to take you from fab Phi Sig student to professional 'phenom'!
If you’re like many Phi Sig sisters graduating this year, you’re probably spending a lot of your free time thinking, “What will life be like after college?”
True, your collegiate experience will be ending (upside: no more weekly meetings, downside: missing your chapter sisters). But as a “forever Phi Sig,” your lifelong affiliation as an alumna is just beginning – and that dynamic, strong connection to our sisterhood, no matter where you are in the world, can be especially invaluable as you’re launching your professional career and this exciting new phase of your adult life.
To help you graduate to greatness as a Phi Sig sister, use any or all of these four proven techniques:
Approach new challenges with your unique “can do” mindset. As Phi Sigs, we live their values – and our indomitable spirit, belief in ourselves and ability to impact others in a positive way are real assets in the professional world. What’s more, your participation in a successful collegiate chapter has given you a range of transferable skills in leadership, time management, collaboration and creative problem-solving. So, whenever possible, apply what you learned as a collegian to your new job and life – and benefit from the competitive edge that comes with membership in our sisterhood.
Assess your personal and professional “brand” and keep it consistent with who you are, and who you one day hope to become. Are you dressing for success in the workplace? How does your image appear online? Spend some time refining your overall appearance so employers have the best impression of your professional potential. Additionally, consider upgrading your e-mail address or instant-message nickname so it reflects your actual name, not something fanciful or funny (such as “scoobydink” or “xoxchristinaxox,” which can undermine your professionalism and negatively impact career aspirations).
Take advantage of Phi Sig’s many networking opportunities. Be sure to create your free online profile at “My Phi Sig” by posting a photo, career accomplishments, personal interests and more. (If you’re not sure how to log on, click here to contact the administrator for assistance.) Then, you can search for – and connect with – alumnae in similar jobs who can offer advice on the best ways to advance within your profession. Check out LinkedIn.com, too – where you can join the new “Phi Sigma Sigma Inc.” group, featuring sister discussions and more!
Become an active alumna, and stay connected to the sisterhood that cares about your future. There are plenty of ways to do that – at any level of participation you wish. For instance, you can join a local alumnae chapter or club, assist the Fraternity, attend social or philanthropic activities in your area, and even consider the benefits of participating in our new voluntary annual Alumnae Dues Program – which, for the cost of going out to dinner or getting a manicure – proclaims your continuing loyalty to Phi Sigma Sigma through an attractive online “badge” applied to your profile page as well as other benefits! Learn more about the many ways to keep your ties to Phi Sig strong by contacting Alumnae Relations Consultant Jennifer Feicht.
Graduation marks a new beginning for you and your Phi Sig membership. Congratulations as you approach this important milestone in your life! And remember, no matter what life has in store for you, you can rely on your sisterhood for guidance, support and encouragement.
“Once a Phi Sigma Sigma, Always a Phi Sigma Sigma!”