The conundrum of going to a university is what do you do after it? The three years leading up to graduation are well spent on pilling up this anxiety semester after semester. Because let’s face it whining and stressing feels so much like home and takes up so much of your time that there’s barely any left to do something worthwhile, like fixing that sinking GPA and then dousing it in gasoline because you are lit. But who has the energy to be productive right? I mean it’s not like every graduate aspires to be lit they barely even attend lectures to get this exhausted anyway.
To give you a layout on how to survive after graduation we’ve come up with tips that don’t just involve elaborate skin care routines and extensive room cleaning so that it seems like you have your life together but an actual plan that will put things into perspective.
Set your goals
- Goals – make a planner, set your goals, these could range from doing today’s laundry to planning your retirement. Getting a job that pays the bill or traveling the world. The world and its endless possibilities are all yours. Write them down, making them more concrete and increasing the chance of achieving it.
- Be specific – This will give you a clear picture of what you intend on achieving, rather than having a vague idea that you are trying to chase. For example, don’t just plan to get a job instead jot down what kind of job.
- Manifest ambitions – Fix an ambitious goal, this one is for dreaming as big as you possibly can. This one’s about big things taking time and persistence. And then manifest it. Continually thinking or imagining the way things might turn out to be is a pretty good way to keep going so that you can get there.
Manage your finances
All graduates probably have a few things they look forward to, like having a place of your own, buying a car or traveling. All of which require funding, funding that you can no longer ask for. So you earn, and you save. Until then stick to budgeting, cutting expenses because let’s face it, you’ll barely have any money until you land a job. Moreover, Real world expenses seem more prominent when it is you, who is paying for them.
Establishing relationships with resourceful people while you are in college or during internships will help you advance in your career. Find influencers, fire up your LinkedIn, get in touch with people in your niche until one of them responds. Reach out to people within the company, develop relationships with them and if all goes well ask your new contact to connect you to the hiring person. Reaching out to these resource persons at most may land you a job, as one of the ways to get your resume noticed is having a current employee refer you or in the least, it’s an experience.
Or hit the pause button
If you think everything’s falling apart and you need to take some time to sort things out, then take that time. Take it. Hit pause and figure things out. It doesn’t have to be all-consuming crippling anxiety about “what now?” If you are having a burnout, you can always figure things out at your own pace. The amount of time you need depends on how soon you can pull yourself back together and weigh your options. If you have a goal, then figure out how to go about it and if you are drowning in uncertainty, do some soul searching or whatever floats your boat.