Imagine the scene with me: your tassels have been turned, caps tossed, and champagne sprayed (and then some).
It’s your college graduation, arguably the happiest moment of your life up to this point. You’re elated, relieved, and a tiny bit sad. Most of all though, you’re just happy you managed to survive the last four years of *insert college name here*.
That was fun, wasn’t it? Now, imagine it’s a week later and you’re staying home for the summer. Your cap and gown are who knows where, school is officially over, and the alcohol is long gone. Now the real world begins.
You’re officially an adult (and graduate at that!) but now what?
If that sounds the least bit familiar, take a deep breath. You’re not the first person to head home without a job in hand and you won’t be the last. Follow these five steps and breathe easy. Adulthood will be a piece of cake!
1. Make Lists
I know it sounds a bit lame but trust me, it works. Make a list of things you want to do for tomorrow, today! Not only will it keep your mind on what you plan to do, it’ll give you a bit of purpose as well. The summer seems long but it’s gone in a moment. Lists help you soak up every moment, whether it be on a beach in LA or on LinkedIn sending resumes.
2. Learn a New Skill
There’s so much time during the summer, that it’s honestly a bit overwhelming. Why not learn something new, especially if it can be attractive to potential employers? Websites like Coursera offer more classes than one person could ever take. Also check with your colleges as they may offer free Lynda classes like Syracuse did. Maybe learning Excel isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it sure is helpful!
3. Workout / Go Outside
Honestly, I don’t even do this but that’s not going to stop me from suggesting it! Sometimes, it’s just nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air. Working out, whether that’s through hiking or ellipticals…doesn’t really matter. Might as well get buff as the job search rages on.
4. Read a Book (or 12)
Now is the time to read that novel that you promised yourself you’d read in sophomore year. Books allow us to get some mental exercise and escape the often tense job search process. They also make you a more interesting and well-rounded person. You’ve really got nothing to lose.
5. Research a Job a Day
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Admittedly, this won’t be practical for everyone but it’s worth a shot. There’s a lot to consider when applying to a job: location, qualifications, your personal fit, cover letters…it’s overwhelming just to type. Set aside a little time everyday to discover what things you want or like best. If this sounds like homework, it’s because, well, it kind of is. That said, getting the chance to learn about new beautiful place you’ll one day have with the job of your dreams is worthwhile but you have to make it happen. That’s adulthood!
Life after graduation is one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s also incredibly scary, uncertainty filled, and envy inducing. Regardless of your path after college, just remember that you got this. Just take adulthood one simple step at a time!