The Harsh Reality- Life After College 

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The Harsh Reality- Life After College 

By Julie Battiest


At some point in our teenage years, we may have figured out what direction we wanted to go in career wise or at least had an idea of what held our interest. Well, I am here to tell you, the people that had a solid plan of what their life after college would look like does NOT mean it will always work out that way.

I’ll tell you a little story about my experience--

So, during my freshman year of college I went in knowing that I wanted to be a Child Protection Investigator. Not very soon after enbarking on my program, I picked up a special interest in Immigration and working with Homeland Security. I knew, after having that exposure in my field, that was the path I wanted to take in my future career. From that moment that my goals became clear, I worked my butt off to make good grades and took all the necessary classes.

Well, upon graduation, I quickly learned that working in a Federal job required either prior experience, a masters degree or both. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have either. Nonetheless, I tried my best not to become discouraged by the roadblocks faced with landing a job after graduation. After being consistent in my post-grad search, I was offered a full time job working as a Fraud Support Associate for a Fortune 500 company. However, I shortly figured out that job sucked! It sounded cool but in reality I was basically working in a call center after busting my butt to earn a 4-year bachelors degree in the field of my dreams.

I became depressed and angry with the job that was the start of my career. I began to blame myself for not doing a better job of securing my future. I left that job after 4 months and started working in Child Welfare as a Case Manager. I loved that job, however, my love for the children on my caseload drained me. After a year, I decided to go back to something I enjoyed that could fulfill me without draining me. I decided to start working with the youth in a Parks and Recreation role. The only thing was this job did not pay well and I was constantly living paycheck to paycheck. After several jobs, I started working in the career field I felt I was destined for, Law Enforcement, yes! Yo girl is the troll. 

Now you may be asking yourself, “Sis, why did you tell me all of that?” 

Well, for all the Twenty Somethins that are about to graduate from college with their degrees and feel as though things should workout how they imagined, I want you to know that that’s not always the case. Even though it can be difficult to figure out your career right out of college, do not become discouraged. My entire life my mother has instilled in me that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens before i the right time. Your plan and God’s plan aren’t always the same. What God has planned for you may not align with what you have planned for yourself and that’s ok. All good things happen to those who have faith and believe that God will work it out. You have to give your career to the Lord and trust that He will direct your path.

I wish someone would have explained what life after college could have looked like before I graduated. I’m glad I am able to provide you with the harsh realities of what could happen and provide you with the confidence and faith to navigate it all.