After Graduation

After four maybe five years of enduring lectures, endless hours of studying and transitioning into a life of freewill and education, you've graduated. Congrats. Celebrate. Usually from the day of graduation up until the last day of your graduation month, one spends that time celebrating and enjoying their accomplishments. This includes a graduation cook-out, dinner or celebration. Other spend this time moving out of dorms or apartments. Either way school is over.

1. What's Next? This is the big question. What do I do next? This question has an answer, but it varies per person. For instance, some decide to move back home or return to their home town. This is a choice for those who want to save their money, or have a place to live rent free while searching for a job. Unfortunately there are no such things as a dream job that instantly falls into your lap after graduation just because you have a degree. On average, the average graduate will take six months to a year to find a job. This could be longer if one is in search for their dream job or a career. However there is the group of graduates that have completed internships or taken advantage of other opportunities that has opened a door a job right after graduation. What's next? Is totally up to each person that has to answer this question.

2. Temporary/Part-time Jobs Yes, to some a dreaded option, but in the end it may work out for ones benefit. One thing all students know they will have to deal with after graduation are student loans. This is something that really does catch up with a graduate, usually six months after graduation. If you borrowed the money, then the time has come to repay it. This instant debt along with common bills no matter how many or few, must be paid each month. In oder to do this, you must have a job. Think of a temporary job just as it is, temporary. This isn't the last job you ever work. This phase of a graduates life is humbling, one comes to the place in life where their degree can help or harm them. In some cases having a degree makes one overqualified for a job. Another case is one has the required education level, but does not meet the required experience time for the position. The humbling part in this phase is taking a job that does not require one to have a degree. This is had because the first thing that comes to ones mind is "I have a degree." This is true, but this is life way of introducing you to reality. Although this can be trying and seem like a long phase, look at it as a time to save, keep up with bills and lastly build up your résumé to give you more experience. 

3. Entry Level Jobs This is a great discovery to getting the job or career that you long for. So many have the story of working their way to the top by entering a company or job in an entry-level position. A job of this sort shouldn't be overlooked or passed by. This can help one with networking, becoming familiar with the company or field and lastly making a good name for yourself within the company. When the position that you dream to have becomes available, sometimes they are field within the company. However if you must apply, you are not just a résumé and name on an application, the company will be familiar with your work and name within the company, you may even be recommended for the job without your knowing. Entry level is another great option.

4. Stay Determined Throughout this entire journey of obtaining the job or career you want or simply transitioning from a college state of mind to life after college, you must stay focussed. Write out goals that you would like to meet within a reasonable time. After you have applied to what seems like hundreds of times to different jobs, stay encourage. Do not give up because you never know when your time or opportunity may come. Life's complicated, but the excitement comes from its unexpected moments. These moments could be in your favor, so don't give up and embrace this time of you life.