Life after graduation: What now?

By: Raquel Alfaro

Spring graduation is approaching, so it can be nerve-racking for new graduates, to figure out the next steps in adulting.

Go with the Flow

It’s common for new graduates to get into a mindset of needing their lives figured out when college ends.  Let graduation sink in first. You’ve made it through years of schooling treat yourself to a mini vacation or celebration. However, taking full advantage of being a new grad can be beneficial when seeking employment because companies are always looking to hire.  At the end of the day, does anyone really have things figured out?

Utilize Connections

Throughout schooling, teachers encourage attending network functions, joining clubs and getting involved on campus in any way. Connections help when trying to get a career or opportunities, so be kind to everyone and never burn bridges because you never know how it’ll impact your future.

Additionally, internships are a good way to get opportunities because companies evaluate your work ethic and when people succeed, they offer new grad opportunities.

Cherish Every Moment

Don’t forget the memories, good or bad, because these moments played a role in shaping you.  Take it day by day, eventually things will fall into place. The real world has numerous opportunities to offer. It just takes finding one that fits best with you.

Taking time to figure out any passions, goals and ambitions to tackle will determine what jobs will make you happy in the long run.

Most importantly, go at your own pace because as cliché as it sounds, what is meant to be will be.

Expectations

Being a new grad can be stressful because applying to jobs is competitive. Having an open mind is a skill to learn to love because some people will land their dream jobs right away and others won’t.

Just know that jobs are what people make of it. If an opportunity arises, take it because it can lead to other opportunities.

In all, new grads have spent years in classes, dorms and formed relationships. Adulthood is just a few months away and these tips will help when transitioning into the real world.

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