You’ve Graduated! So – Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve just graduated! So…..now what? 

Graduation is a bittersweet thing. It’s great to know that all the hard work was worth it and that the sleepless nights have finally come to an end. But it’s also scary to think about how fast the time has gone and that work being the next step is closer than ever before.” – Ana M.

The question of ‘what comes next?’ is daunting to anybody who is just graduating university. Family and friends all seem to want to know what your future plans are now that you don’t have school for the next year and for the rest of your life. This just stresses me out!

There are many people out there who know exactly what they want to do with their life and that’s something that I respect and admire. But most people you talk to these days have multiple interests or are simply indecisive at this point in their life. And that should be okay.

Not everyone is going to find their ideal career path and follow it. If it were that easy, there wouldn’t be a struggle to find out what a person really wants to do with their life and where they see themselves in the future.

What Do You Do Next?

So now that it’s time to think more about which direction you want to go and what kind of doors a tertiary degree has opened for you, where do you go from here?

This is where Google comes to the rescue! When I was surfing the Internet trying to find some ideas, I came across this Time article: 21 Things Nobody Tells You When You Graduate College. Everyone’s experience is different, and everyone has a different road they’ll be travelling. So don’t panic when you don’t have a job even though you have a university degree in your hands. 

There’s this one quote which comes to mind when I think about all the hard work everyone puts into their time at uni: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. 

It all comes back to your attitude towards study and this will naturally translate into your determination at work.

University is valuable in it’s own right, but even a high distinction doesn’t compare to the buzz you get from real-world successes.” – Mivalaa

“Persistence is key.”

No matter how many interviews you’ll be sitting through, as long as you show that you’re willing to work hard and be positive, more doors will open for you. Persistence is key – yet this is the one thing people are quick to forget.

Many people graduate uni, expecting someone to just hand them a job and then they are sorted for the rest of their lives. And that’s probably where the stressful expectation that’s placed upon us graduates comes from. Having all decisions made and being ready to settle into one career straight out of uni is a lot of pressure! 

“It’s such a relief finishing my studies, but it’s also scary because now I have to find a real job and get out in the real world.” – Amelia

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The Millennial Generation

Since the rise of the millennials, criticism has ranged from how easy everything is for us these days with our high speed internet, access to better technology, access to all the great opportunities that our parents had never had.

Yet the thing previous generations don’t realise is, how competitive everything has become as more and more people are getting university degree qualifications and are looking to have a personal competitive edge from everyone else.

This has redefined the future of work for us, where ‘job hopping’ is the new norm. Have a read of this article as well as this article from Forbes.

So now that you’ve graduated, first enjoy the time you have to do the things you enjoy and get back to your hobbies. And remember to spoil yourself – you just graduated and got your degree!

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