When I graduated from college several years age, I remembered breathing a huge sigh of relief. Freedom – finally! I remembered staring at my empty dormitory room for a long time before a blank space clouded me. Alright, what’s next?
I just realized that I don’t have a clue of what I can do after graduation. Should I snag a good job and join the rat race just like everyone else? Or should I take a break to figure out my career path for the next 40 years to come?
I asked some successful folks around me for some good advice and thought I would share them with you.
What To Do After Graduation
(1) Do You Want Some Adventure?
Then go travel. You have spent the last 20 years or so learning about the world from a classroom. Now is the perfect time to see and feel the world for yourself. Go backpacking in Asia, or do a gap year – whatever.
You might come home broke, but on the upside, you’ll never have this luxury of time freedom again once you start working from 9-5.
Traveling is also a great way to network with new friends, to discover your survival skills and to truly apply the classroom knowledge that we have learned as a student.
I really wanted to see the world, so travel I did.
(2) Do You Want to Do Something Good?
Then go volunteer. The more advanced we are as an educated society, the more power we have in our hands to make a positive impact on our community. A little kindness can go a long way and the outcome can be more rewarding that you thought.
Often times, volunteering work can expose us to some harsh realities in life. You will experience what it means to live out of your comfort zone and what it’s like to receive help. At the end of the day, you will realize that all our needs are the same and it’s sometimes better to give than to take.
I wanted to know what changes I can make, so volunteer I did.
(3) Do You Want to Continue Studying?
Whatever the reasons may be, seeking for more knowledge as part of your passion is never a wrong move.
However, bear in mind that the cost of education is a big factor to consider before making this decision.
With a college loan already in one hand, can you handle more debt for further education? How do you balance it out with your daily expenses?
If financing is an issue, learning online can be a great alternative to saving cost while working on a part time job. This way of learning is becoming popular because of its conveniences, but I suggest you review the pros and cons of online education first to see if it meets your goals and expectations.
(4) Do You Want to Get Married?
In the event that you are keen to tie the knot with your partner, both of you really need to sit down and discuss about your future as a couple.
Are you ready to move in together? Does either one of you have a stable income to support your family? Do you know how much it costs to raise a child?
The more you ask, the more you are likely to find what it actually takes to make a marriage work. Likewise, a careless approach to answering these questions can have huge consequences resulting in early divorce, infidelity or single parenthood.
All these troubles can be avoided if we have taken the factors of a happy marriage into consideration.
(5) Do You Want to Start a Business?
How do you start a business without having any experiences? Well, the folks who advised me, said it’s possible.
You see, in traditional employment, you are quite restricted in terms of exploring your own ideas or generating more income.
In a business, you are your own boss. Your creativity is not limited and every idea can lead to a business opportunity. Most importantly, you get to live the kind of lifestyle that you want.
Be Bold and Take the Risk
I was told that whatever decision I make in my 20’s will have a great impact into my 30’s and beyond. When you walk out of college, you are actually walking into a world of many uncertainties. Even a professional degree won’t guarantee you any satisfaction.
Listen to what Jim Carrey has to say about this (jump straight to 2.10 minutes)
So, listen to your inner voice. What is it that you really want to do? Make it happen.
I hope these tips have helped you figure out what to do after college. If you are still feeling stuck, why not check out this awesome online program to see how you can pursue your passion and make a good living out of it. You’ll love what the training has to offer.
“When you graduate from college, they tell you to follow your dreams.
Does anyone say you have to wake up first?” – Bill Cosby
Do you have any thoughts or questions about this topic? Please leave them in the comment area below and I’ll get back to you.
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