Starting to plan for the future and need help? Business Career Services at the David Eccles School of Business can help you get started in planning for your working future.

1. Money matters. Before you apply to any job, research the salary range for the position and your experience level. Use assets such as or Google salary surveys. Ask friends who work in the industry what’s fair because it can be tough to get a salary raise once you are in place with a company. Make sure you negotiate. Women often get paid less than an equally qualified man starting at the same job because women tend to be more hesitant to negotiate for a higher salary.

2. You need a network. Being in college gives you the advantage of networking in many different realms with many different people. You want to utilize every advantage that you have. If you have a friend who works for a company, be sure to ask for an introduction. Stand out, introduce yourself, attend information sessions and alumni events.

3. Your ideas matter. Don’t be afraid to voice an idea or thought in your new job. It may feel bold, but there is really no such thing as a bad idea. Second-guessing your idea could cause you to be the one who loses out, or even for your company to lose out on a potential competitive advantage. Remember that you are an asset to the company. Just be humble about it.

4. It’s just you out there. It’s important to be a team player, arrive to work on time, have a good attitude, and share your ideas. It’s also important to learn to sing your own praise because many times people are looking for their own next move up the latter just like you. Do your job well, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

5. Positive thoughts. Eve