You made it!
You reached your graduating month, as I call it.
Those years of late night studying, and stressing over finals are almost over!
You should be ecstatic about the milestone you have accomplished.
But some of you may not be quite that happy.
If you were like me, you had a whole extra level of stress around this time, because you had NO idea what you were going to do with your life after you graduated. And I mean let me just say your worries are justified. This next step probably feels like it should be in the direction your professional career.
You should be moving onto to your big break that’s going to get you one step closer, if not get you to your dream career.
But also you may not know what that career is just yet, and you shouldn’t feel super stressed about it.
Whether your a few months out, a few weeks out, or even a year or two, here’s a few resources to keep handy that may help you if you’re looking for a little guide in what to do after college.
And as another reminder,please don’t worry too much if you don’t have an idea of what you’re doing after college.
I’ve read plenty of stories of people who don’t have any plans after college and they still go on to be very successful.
So take a look below and save what you need (or bookmark it).
Overall, just enjoy your graduation and celebrate! You deserve it!
Things to keep in mind:
Don’t stress it too much
It’s definitely important to have a plan, or at least an idea of what you will do after college; however, don’t let it consume you. You’re not alone if you find yourself struggling to pick a path. If you talk to professionals, many of them might surprise you by telling you they had a rough start after graduating. A part-time job, or a job that’s not what you studied for isn’t a bad thing. You just have to keep working towards your goals.
Think about your options first. Grad school or straight into the workforce? Internship or volunteering? If you can narrow things down to a few options, you can consult with Dr. Google and look into those options and start to think about which one may be best for you.
Do NOT make a choice based on what others want
Maybe your parents want you to be a doctor, your friends want to see you be a lawyer, but you really want to be on Broadway. Remember that a lot of the bigger decisions you make now are working towards the end goal of what you want to do. Don’t be too influenced to follow what someone else thinks you should, versus what you think you should do.
Talking to others may reduce your panic (if any)
Some seniors have grad school and jobs all setup for them to go into after college. Others aren’t really sure. If you find that you’re panicking over how lost you are, a good thing to do is talk to others. Sometimes talking to people graduating in a similar subject may be able to give you some options, or even inspiration.
Below you’ll find some useful link that may help you prepare, or at least get you thinking about what some of your options may be after graduating. If you have any that are not listed, please feel free to tell me and I’d love to include it in here!
Preparing for life after graduating
- 6 Hardcore Facts About Life-After-School Every Student Should Prepare for
- 3 Things Students Need to Do to Prepare for Life After College
- 10 Steps Every Student Should Take to Prepare for Graduation
- 5 Steps to Preparing for Life After College
Getting a job
- Job sites just for college grads
- 10 Job Search Mistakes of New College Grads
If you find yourself in a “crisis”
A guide to job-hunting for graduates(Great Infographics!)
- LifeAfterCollege (A blog all about it)