It’s that time where you just graduated, and now you basically have to figure out your whole life. Do you want to start job hunting? Or finally go on that Europe tour you never had the time for because you were buried in books? There so many options and so many decisions, so what do you honestly do?
This process is dreadful but its the most common path that graduates make. Of course you want to make a living and start being very independent, but you start having second thoughts on if you can actually handle a job. This is the real world we are talking about, and not some college project.
If you’re ready to tackle this, start applying strategically. And by strategically, I mean planning like you’ve never planned before.
I would take note of when you apply to each organization/company so you know when to follow up. This way, employers will know you are eager for the job.
Showcase your best work depending on the job. It’s important to build a portfolio or have a strong resume to show your future employers because you want them to know you’re the best for the job. Practice your interview skills and think ahead to the questions you know the answers to.
Don’t just look for a job, look for the job you really want. Do your research and think about if your values and work ethic match the organization/company. You want a workplace that you appreciate, so you are motivated to create good work.
I think the main point to take away from job hunting is to work hard. You need to take initiative or else employers won’t notice you. Go all for it and then you’ll have something to be happy about.
Taking Time Off
There are many college students that take time off and there is nothing wrong with it. However, taking time off shouldn’t just be a vacation but also a time where you are investing good time with yourself. Traveling can be a gateway in expanding your horizons and learning things you were curious about. Or spend your time doing charity work and volunteering for nonprofit organizations because this can better your relationship skills.
This is a great option for people who don’t know what they want to do after college. Even though you graduated with a degree, you may want to make a career change. This is your time to explore.
You can also take this time to get more experience in your degree. By doing internships, you’ll get a feel for how things really are and you will figure what you’re good at. Think of it as a test run for the real world.
Many students decide to go right back to school to obtain a higher degree. Especially now, jobs are getting competitive and many of them require more than a bachelors degree. Think this through and do extensive research on the job requirements as well any other factors that you think will affect your decision. It will be useful to know beforehand so you’re not wasting time.
Ultimately, you know yourself better than anyone else. The decision may be hard or it could be easy depending on if you know what you want right away. You know the kind of person you are and this plays a big part in your life. Think about what’s good for you and you’ll be happy you made that decision.