Life After Graduation?

As is often the case, life after college can be a time of tough decisions.

Do I want to pursue a career in my field?

What even is my “field”?

What can I actually do?

What’s worse than you panicking, wondering about these questions? Others asking you. If I hear “So, any news on the job front?” one more time, I might crack. You mean well, but please stop.

There is a lot of pressure on graduates nowadays to have a path chosen directly after college. And to those of us who don’t have a job lined up fresh out of college it’s possible to feel lost.

Choosing what to pursue at college at the age of 17, and finishing college at 21 leaves a lot of room for error. Your interests have grown and changed, and you might not see yourself in the career you once thought was your ideal fit.

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Chuffed

As someone who’s recently graduated and recently come to terms with ‘life after college’, my advice? Relax. You’ve survived a whole degree process of stresses and strains. It’s finally over, take this time to pursue different avenues, see where your interests and talents lie, take a few risks cos you never know what might end up paying off! Without the distraction of college work, it can be easier to focus.

A shocking amount of people pursue a career in a field completely unrelated to their degree. Whether they graft and gain experience in the area they want to be in, or they give it some time and go back to education to retrain. In this day and age we are lucky to have so many different options available!

Life is not a race. You don’t have to commit to a full time job as soon as you’ve got that piece of paper in your hand. Nor do you have to stick to a timeline, if you’re 22 and in full time employment heading towards your career goals, fair play! If you’re 28 and still clueless as to where your life is going, that’s fine too! It’s not an unwritten rule that everyone has to check certain things off of a list of ‘life goals’ by a certain age, that would be shockingly boring!

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“Am I an adult now??”

 

So while it can appear your peers have their lives together, a job or internship secured long before those final exams were even taken. Some heading off on grad visas to every corner of the globe to pursue fame and fortune, others leaving to volunteer in tropical paradises. They’re more than likely just as confused as you.

So, the good news is, it’s not just you. There are loads of people in this limbo of after college uncertainty. Your best option is to take a few risks and see where your interests lie. Apply for that job that you think may be out of your league. Enrol in that night course that you are interested in. Sign up for that volunteer programme you’ve been researching for months!

Your degree is not the be all and end all, and it most certainly does not define you or your future, remember that!

xoxo – Yer Wan, Jessie

Up and away!

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