Like reading a map, we look for two things -- where we are now, and where we want to go. We then connect the two dots with a path that guides our direction. Once we get to where we're going, the map gets tossed back into the glove box. But in life, our destination doesn't define the end of a trip, only a stop over. What then?
Leaving school for the real world can be a daunting prospect, and for good reason. However, this is an incredible time in your life, with the opportunity to begin a new career and get started building your resume as a professional. Be confident in yourself and your abilities, and there is no stopping you.
According to conventional wisdom, the best way to boost your salary is to get an offer from a competing employer with a higher salary. But if you've already decided where you want to work, and you're not well along the way with other employers, it's disingenuous to start interviewing elsewhere, not to mention a waste of your time.