Whether you graduated from high school or college recently, navigating life after graduation can be difficult. If you are feeling scared or nervous, that’s okay! It’s normal to fear this next phase of your life. Here’s some advice for you undergrads:
Rest & Have Fun
Rest and have fun after graduation! You’ve spent the last year studying and not sleeping enough- you deserve a much needed break.
Don’t Rush, Move At Your Own Pace
Please try not to compare yourself to others. Even if others seem to have it all figured out before you, that’s fine! Move at your own pace and don’t rush. Don’t make decisions based on what you think you should be doing or what your friends are doing. Do what feels right to you and be present in this time of growing and learning.
Make Time for Joy
Adjusting to this new life change may seem daunting, so make time for the things that bring you joy. When you start working, you might forget or be too tired to do things you enjoy with all the responsibilities you have. Be sure to make time for joy- whether that be spending time with friends, family, and your hobbies.
When finding a balance between your work and personal life, spending money can be easy to do. Before you buy things for your personal life or take a trip, pay your bills or loans first. This will help you budget and keep yourself from spending overboard. We know it isn’t fun but welcome to the “real world”.
Learn New Skills
Whether or not you land your ideal position, learn from your job. Take advantage of the opportunities provided so you can develop new skills. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, lead or take on more responsibilities. From answering the phone, taking care of clients or customers, or writing emails, these skills can help strengthen your resume as a new grad. Make the best of all your new experiences.
If you’re taking time off from working, learn other skills you’ve put aside due to time.
Don’t Be Afraid To Put Yourself Out There
Putting yourself out there can be nerve-racking- but it can lead to career opportunities and friendships. You never know who knows who, and if you’re lucky, you’ll meet someone who works in your desired field.
You don’t have to have everything figured out. Life throws a lot of curveballs and you’re still growing and learning more about yourself.