Graduation is like your birthday but BETTER!
Everyone is happy for you, you receive a bunch of gifts, all of sudden your smart and credible (ha hope you got my play on words) and there is a new life ahead of you!
Now the best part?
THERE ARE NO MORE TESTS! THERE ARE NO MORE ASSIGNMENTS! AND NO MORE ALL NIGHTERS!
(And thank God for that, because at the end of my college career I could chug a Red Bull and still KNOCK TF OUT!)
This was me at my graduation party. My mom was pissed that I wore “lingerie” in public but she couldn’t complain because it was MY DAY! HAHAH —Nom two cakes— my face and the pastry lol
Now now now, after the initial high wears off you might be faced with a bit of a dissolution…
For many people that I know, life after graduation is/ was just well, um, depressing.
Some get hired onto a job before they even graduate (#jelly) and others like myself spend almost a year looking.
I’m not saying this to frighten you, but to prepare you. Don’t you worry, things get better!
Here are some words of advice from someone who had a tough time after graduation, but now is very happy and fulfilled!
1. Take this as an opportunity to start over.
You studied something for 4+ years only to change direction? Are you nuts?
Well, no. If starting over has been something you’ve been tiptoeing around this is your opportunity to do it. Listen to “A Rant: What to do after college” by Gary V to understand why I say this.
2. You’re not too old to intern.
I was 25 when I graduated and 26 when I interned. I used to be embarrassed about it, but you know what? I’m proud of myself now. The problem is that if you work and study full-time there isn’t much time for interning, therefore you might have a hard time acquiring experience in the field you want to enter.
I decided that if I was ever going to get my foot in the door, I would have to intern. Read here how I got my internship. Spoiler alert: I emailed my CEO and pitched the position. I interned for 3 months, took a month vacation, then got hired on as a full-time employee in the department I wanted to work in. And yeah, the pay cut was totally worth it; and I am definitely not dwelling on the fact that I was an old intern anymore lol.
3. Don’t take the rejection personally.
This one was so hard for me! I was used to getting any job that I ever interviewed for because of “personality” and “etiquette”. When you get older those things just aren’t enough. Which leads me to my next point…
4. Just because you have a degree doesn’t mean that you deserve the job.
There are a ton of people with degrees. And this is why you have to think about what’s going to set you apart? Anything that makes you unique or useful for the position, highlight in your resume and elaborate on at the interview.
5. Don’t feel like you HAVE to accept the first offer that comes by (or the second or the third haha).
Guys, I hated the job I was working after graduation. It was the same one I’d done during my 4 years in college. I was so burnt out. I used to literally cry when I clocked in. I would get to work, clock in, go to the bathroom and CRY! But even then when I interviewed for other jobs and was offered positions, I still declined some. Why? Because I didn’t see myself growing in those companies (I liked my company not my role btw).
If the company that you are leaving is better than the new one you are considering, I would say don’t do it. You will find another. Be strategic.
6. Keep learning!
Schools over! Yay! But if you see you are missing skills that would indefinitely set you apart from a sea of applicants and benefit you in your desired role, get on that, boo boo!
7. Pursue a passion or pick up a hobby.
The reason I started this blog was because after being depressed for almost a year post graduation, I decided to put my energy towards something that I loved. Given that you now have a lot more time, take advantage! Work out, start a side business, join a charity or group. Think about what genuinely makes you happy and go, go, go! You literally have nothing to lose haha.
8. Don’t give up!
This is self-explanatory. But seriously, create your own opportunities, think outside of the box and remain optimistic. It’ll work out.
I hope this helps you guys! I know my perspective may be different from yours, so feel free to leave your comments below.
I’m all ears if you need someone to talk to or some words of encouragement btw.