Life after graduation can be confusing at times. College didn’t exactly give you a Real World 101 class to take and there’s handbook either. Hopefully, I’ll be able to shed some light with some tips I’ve learned about life after graduation.
Your job search- You will quickly discover that a college degree isn’t the golden ticket everyone was telling you about as you were growing up. It seemed everyone was telling you all your life: “get a degree and then voila! You’ll magically have a job making $60,000 a year.” Although this can be the case for some, it’s not the case for most of us. During life after graduation you’ll discover that you now have the education, but you don’t have the experience. So, you may have to take a few cruddy jobs to gain some experience. If you are currently looking for a job, check out some of my other posts on job searching. The biggest tip for this one is to be consistent when applying.
Goal setting- If you’ve read any of my other articles then you know that I’m a big proponent of this tip. Goal setting is essential to getting your life on track following graduation. Establish your goals for all aspects of your life. Essentially it’s all a matter of having your priorities in order. What’s the biggest thing that has been on your mind? Start there. Have goals established for the different aspects of your life: career, finances, relationships, housing, travel, and any other aspect you can think of. Make sure the goals that you set are specific and measurable. Basically, state what you would like to attain and at what time. For example, a goal could be a manager (what) in five years (time).
The Journey- Life after graduation can be scary, exciting, confusing, and tons of fun. Even in those times when things are tough. Remember all that you DO have and all that you have done to get to where you are. Remember to enjoy the ride. It will be great!
Author: Dain Lewis