We’re expected to move from the stage of college graduation straight into a career matching our degree. This insurmountable pressure causes so many people to choose jobs they’re unhappy with just to say they’re doing something. But take it from me that going slow after graduation has been way more beneficial.
The last few months I have been in what I like to refer to as my hibernation period. I’ve been focusing on writing, working on my blog with friends, and reading any book I can get my hands on. No strict deadlines, limited pressure, and a lot of fun. It’s been a fulfilling last few months.
There are so many reasons I decided to take it slow when it comes to my career goals. The main reason being I’m unsure now of what it is I want to do. I’ve had so much fun and growth writing here at Metiza and taking personal blogging seriously that I want to see where it goes.
I also don’t want to settle. I’d rather work an unrelated job with side hustles that actually relate to what I love than write for a standard newspaper and despise it.
It’s in our nature to evolve. Changing your mind shouldn’t be a bad thing, ever. When I graduated, I felt so happy and accomplished. But shortly after I was hit with my reality- the constant barrage of ‘what’s next’ questions from those around me while I was also posing those same questions to myself.
Too much pressure is placed on us to make a decision when it comes to college and careers. We’re expected to stick with our degree choice the moment we pick it. The same can be said for our job choice.
We aren’t given any room to just discover ourselves. Society places more value on our monetary contributions than our happiness.
But what kind of life would it be to move unhappily from one institution to another just to please some faceless entity? Not a life I want.
Taking this time off has been the best thing that I’ve done so far. I feel clear headed and motivated to start the million creative projects I’ve kept in my head. I’ve rediscovered how creative my friends and family are. How willing they are to help me work on projects and never telling me my dreams are crazy.
Everyone deserves a period of time to discover who they really are. You should never feel bad about that. Be selfish with your time because you’re never going to get it back.
If you take one thing away from this, please let it be this: you are not less than because you’re not working in your degree field after college. Nor are you less than for questioning the traditional boundaries of our society that are so outdated.
Take it slow and go hibernate. You’ll wake up refreshed and confident in your next steps towards happiness.1