You’ve left research papers, professors, labs, and tests for good. You are a fresh college grad. Now what ? After graduating college it’s hard to know which way to go. Life can be confusing sometimes. After I graduated from college I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with my life. Even looking for that recent graduate job was overwhelming. Society has put a lot of pressure on us to “have it all together.” But, don’t worry, after college life is great. Follow these tips below as a guide after graduating college.
1. Identify what skills you have.
You’re going to be applying to jobs soon, if you haven’t already, so it’s important to know what skills you have to offer to different organizations. Trace back from your childhood to where you are today; what have been your accomplishments? What have you always been good at?
2. Set your destination.
If you don’t know where you want to end up, it’s hard to know which road to take after graduating college. Now that you know what your skills are, plan for a career that will harness and use those skills. Don’t let your talents go to waste. You, and the world need them. A reasonable destination to plan for is about five years in the future. Plan out where you would like to be in the next five years and then work backwards to where you are today. Set into motion an action plan. Which leads me to my next point.
3. Set goals.
Goals will be that driving force after graduating college. It will get you up out of bed in the morning. Make sure you set goals for not only your career, but also your: finances, family, home, relationships and any other aspect of your life that is important to you.
4. Redefine your values.
It may have worked showing up to your sociology class at 8:00 AM, hung over from the night before, but it doesn’t quite work out so well showing up for that new entry level job you just got. After graduating college you may have to redefine what is and isn’t ok to do. Find out what are your priorities and stick to them.
5. Understand your finances.
Knowing how to manage your finances is an important skill to learn after graduating college. Unfortunately, many people never master it. Learn your spending habits and be mindful of where your money is going. And remember to save for a rainy day.
6. Never stop learning.
This can apply to every aspect in life. Stay up to date in your field and career. Always be willing to ask when you don’t know. If you continue to learn, your rate of success will go up drastically.
7. Enjoy life.
Life can be hard sometimes. It will knock you down. Remember to get back up and keep pushing forward, and don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Life is a gift, so enjoy it
If you are mindful of these seven points you’ll be off to a great start after graduating college.