If you want a job straight out of college, don't come knocking on Kirk McDonald's door.
The president of a tech company in New York City, McDonald wrote a brutally honest op-ed in the Wall Street Journal called "Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You." He believes most college graduates don't have the one skill that's in high demand: computer programming.
During our first few years in the real world, what else should we take time to learn?
It shouldn’t summarize your resume.
If you're waiting for someone to give you direction, have a seat. You'll be there a while.
However, people who do "break through" tend to start their day while others are still asleep.
Among the many reasons, clubs and organizations are terrific places to network.
The only thing that matters is that you pay your own bills on time.
It’s healthier and cheaper than eating out.
They will provide you with management training and ease your workload.
You may also learn a thing or two.
Everything else is trial and error.
You’re halfway through the most formative decade of your life. You don’t need all the answers, but you must keep asking questions. Start with this one: what’s something new that I can learn right now?
This article was originally published in HuffPost Women.