How to Deal with the Uncertainties of Post Grad Life
Graduation season is approaching. After all the celebrations, soon-to-be college graduates will have to hang up their cap and gowns and face "the real world." For most, it's a time defined by a mix of emotions - sad, happy, nervous, or just excited. We may find ourselves questioning what is next and are we ready for it? But, no matter how long we ponder those thoughts, we must ultimately come to terms with the fact that we must be adults - which means paying our own bills.
For me, patience was the key to sanity during this massive life transition. Applying to jobs, figuring out next steps, finding the perfect place to live, it's all a waiting game and having patience will lead you to the perfect opportunities for you. I remember, in my senior year of college, all of my friends had their jobs lined up by the beginning of second semester. On the other hand, I was spending months applying to jobs online and still interviewing. After awhile, I had to remind myself that I couldn't compare myself to others that are seeking difference careers than myself. You must run your own race.
As we enter this time of uncertainty, it is refreshing to self-reflect on your true interests and passions. The truth is... you can pursue any career that you want - regardless of your degree or major. Or, even choose a completely different route, like traveling abroad. The best part about adult life is that you have FULL control over which path that you take. And you know what? That path may change along the way - but that is a part of "adulating."
By Brianna Allen
Here are 7 tips on how to adjust to adulthood during post grad life:
1. Be open-minded
As most college grads are seeking their first entry-level positions, it is important to be proactive and open to gaining as much experience as possible. Your first job out of college doesn't have to be your dream job.
If you haven't heard back, keep applying to different positions. Even if you think that you don't have enough experience, still apply anyways. Don't sell yourself short just yet!
2. Don’t just settle for any job, do something that you love
So you got a job? But, you don't love it? Don't accept a position just so you have a job when you graduate. If you can't see yourself doing the position for at least six months, then don't take it. Your lack of enthusiasm and passion will show in the workplace. A bad impression to make.
3. Don’t be afraid of internships
For new college graduates, internships and rotational programs are two key ways to get your foot in the door at large companies. You can build on your skill set and learn about various facets of the company - while seeking your next opportunity. You never know that internship could lead to a full-time position within the same company.
4. Move to a new city
This is the time to find yourself and experience something profoundly different - while you’re still young and have the time and flexibility to do it. If you have always had the dream to move to New York City - make it happen. This is a great way to meet new people and create a new network of professionals in your industry.
5. Set-up informational interviews
If you want to learn more about other professional’s career paths or positions at certain companies, it's a great idea to reach out for an informational interview via LinkedIn or e-mail. First, do your research on the company and the individual you are meeting with. Then, make sure to come prepared with questions on how they succeeded to where they are now, their previous work experience and any advice they can offer you.
6. Be flexible with your plans
You might think you know what you want to do, but you could completely surprise yourself and fall in love with something else. You may decide to pursue a new career path or even go back to school for a graduate degree. So, take a chance on a new opportunity.
7. Have fun!
No matter what you decide to do, make sure you are enjoying yourself. Prioritize a work/life balance because your happiness is first and foremost in adulthood.