“So what’s your plan after college?”
I don’t know about you, but this was the most asked question in the last few months of my senior year of undergrad.
What are you doing after you graduate?
Have you secured a job yet?”
I had no idea, I don’t know yet, and no.
All I was worried about was passing my final exams, and making it to graduation. For many of us, this was the main goal.
But in reality their questions are very fair and important questions to consider. If any of you don’t know where to even begin, here’s a post that might help. Grab a notebook (or I guess just bookmark this page since we live in the new age now), and read on for my 20+ Tips/Resources that may reduce that panic you may have about graduating.
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 other 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 sope 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)