How to Stay Content After Graduation
How to Stay Content After Graduation
By Timoshanae Wellmaker
So you’ve graduated, what now?
Many of your friends are posting and talking about their plans after school. One of them is moving to a new country, another joined a volunteer organization, someone else is going back to school. Everyone seems to be so sure about exactly what they are doing, and maybe you are somewhere in between them all. No matter where you fall in this, know that continuing to grow after graduation is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
The truth is that there is no one size fits all for life after college. While there are many people who claim to be experts on life after college, their formula may or may not work with you. However, there are some things you should keep in mind no matter what your journey looks like.
One of the most important things to remember is to be patient. After putting in all of the hard work to get you where you are, it may sometimes feel as if you aren’t working as hard anymore. The truth is that al seasons of your life don’t require the exact amount of work in the same way. And when you feel you aren’t challenging yourself you should definitely find ways to do so, no matter how big or small. You should be learning something throughout every season you’re in.
Whether you begin working right away or decide to do something else it is important to find a mentor. Finding a mentor is beneficial is so many ways. Talking to someone who’s been there before can save you a lot of time and in some cases money. Be honest with your mentor about your desires and goals and ask them to help hold you accountable for certain things.
If you haven’t already or didn’t plan to, know that it is perfectly fine to secure a job that is not your dream job just yet. This is still an accomplishment. This is still progress. One of the biggest mistakes people can make after college is deciding to say no to all of the jobs they can attain right away in order to sit and wait on their dream job. If you are saying no to opportunities that will pay your bills, you better have a good reason for doing so. Don’t let that reason simply be because your degree isn’t in that area. It’s fine to do what you have to do for now in order to get closer to where you need to be. This is a part of growth- being able to make the smart decision over the ideal decision at times.
Be honest with yourself, if you need more skills do what you need to do to get them.
If too much time begins to pass and you really aren’t getting closer to getting, or creating, that dream job of yours then know it is time to do something different. Maybe you’ve actually found places you’d like to work or areas you’re interested in working in and it just isn’t happening. This might be the time to sit down and ask yourself the simple and yet difficult question- why? Are there more skills you need? Do you need to take a class? Also, never be afraid to ask whoever’s in charge of hiring exactly why they didn’t hire you. And never forget that God doesn’t allow rejection for nothing- either he’s trying to teach you something or He’s got better for you.
Lastly, one of the mistakes people often make is keeping the exact same plan they had when they entered college. This sounds really sweet in a perfect world, but that’s not how it goes all of the time. It is vital to revisit your plan and revise as necessary. You’ve changed, the world has changed and maybe your plan to success needs to start looking a little bit different as well. Know that this isn’t a moment of defeat. Instead, you are just doing a self-checkup to make sure you are setting yourself up for success in today’s world, not yesterday’s.