10 Tips To Really Succeed After Graduating

What if you turned a commencement address into infographics? You’d have less perspiration in auditoriums, more inspiration in the real world.

When you graduate, getting that first job seems like the only thing that matters. That is, until you work at it a while, and you realize that getting paid to use your degree—which once made you feel so lucky and satisfied—doesn’t equate to professional or personal happiness. Suddenly, you’re not taking on the job market as a green-eared college graduate, you’re approaching life as another multifaceted dreamer of the human race.

In the slide show above, Jessica Hagy offers new graduates 10 pieces of good advice to entering the post-academic Game of Life, in easy-to-digest graph form.

"I was reading a lot of business advice, and a lot of it felt very stilted," Hagy tells Co.Design. "I wanted to take an angle that was more personal, less balance sheet."

These clever visual statements are the trademark style of Hagy’s long-running blog, Indexed (read our profile), which turns everyday witticisms into clever line charts and venn diagrams. But here, in promotion of her new book How to Be Interesting, she goes for an approach that, for the most part, hands over a bit of her humor in the interest of truism.

"I guess I wanted a book that was witty but still empathetic," Hagy writes. "There's not a lot of empathy online, and snark gets a lot of pageviews, but Hell, if there's a place for a kind voice, it's between the pages of a book."

You can order How to Be Interesting here for $11.

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  • Mark! You have 2 causes (behaviors) and one effect! That Budwieser drawing is as valuable as the cocktail napkin it was drawn upon. (BTW: Do you love P.J. O'Rourke as much as I do?)

  • Whether you are just graduating or have been playing the game of life for a while, the advice above is still just as fresh and immediate. Thanks Jessica :)

  • Marissa Nordström Pérez

    Thank you! I really like the fresh approach of Jessica's diagrams. I will definitely share.