when i first graduated college, i didn’t really know what the future held for me. i had an internship that was supposed to end in october, and then i would be back to square one. those last few months of school were the most stressful and nerve-wracking moments. it was a constant internal battle of trying to find what i wanted to do and what i should be doing – hello quarter-life crisis.
those first few months of being in the “real world,” were intense. everyone kept asking what i was going to do once my internship ended, when i would be moving out of my parents house, where i wanted to live – as if there wasn’t enough pressure trying to find these answers for myself, i’m having to give them to other people. “i don’t know” became the most used phrase in my vocabulary. i definitely thought i was on my own in this struggle, most of my friends had their life mapped out, and here i was still figuring out the first month. i’m here to tell you, everyone around you has these same dilemmas. heck, one year post grad and i still find myself battling with what i truly want to do.
here are some tips from this post grad to you on how to face the coming months:
write out your goals | cannot stress how important this step is, knowing what things you want to accomplish in life can help you narrow down what jobs to apply for, what cities to apply in. one thing on my list was working for myself – so i started PGKdesigns. not all goals happen overnight, they take hard work and dedication.
it’s ok to make mistakes | mistakes are meant to help you grow. in the first few months after graduation, you’ll have to make decisions about: what job to take, where to live, how to spend your free time. not every decision will be the right one for you in the long run, but you have to try to find out. for example: my parents told me to consider how much i would be paying a month for my apartment & bills and what i had left after. no matter how many conversations we had, i was determined to pick the most expensive apartment i looked at. lesson learned: you don’t really have “extra” money to save, you have upstairs neighbors with two massive, noisy dogs.
travel as much as you can | one perk of being post grad – no school, no homework, no studying. and if your fortunate to find a job, you get a pretty little paycheck. add those things together, you have time to explore everything around you. it can be as simple as going to the town over for dinner, or taking a solo road trip to a nearby state or jumping on a plane to the other side of the country – the possibilities are endless. you learn so many things about yourself when you travel, and if you’re anything like me tend to take more chances.
what are some things you have found helpful after graduation? or things you struggle with as you get closer to that day?