LIFE AFTER GRADUATION
Graduation is a wonderful experience for every student. Finally being unleashed from the shackles of seemingly tiring classes, boring lectures and strict timetables might seem to you as the real deal but the truth is that coping with this new found freedom and educational achievement could come with a price – anxiety. Basically, college is supposedly a ground where one obtains the needed tools for career development and staying relevant in the supply chain. Life after graduation can be likened to transitioning between teenage and teenage. It makes one very inquisitive and brews certain questions like, “What do I do next?” “How do I stay relevant?” “How do I obtain financial freedom?”
However, most graduates fall into a fit of anxiety and uncertainty as graduation day approaches, knowing fully well that the ‘real world’ is farther bigger than the four walls of the school and several powers to the number ten, extremely competitive in staying relevant. “Attending college can only be worthwhile if it lands you your dream job.” Some folks would say.
On realization that the familiar people around, financial insurance and the engaging routine would one day come to a halt might be a lead to tons of worries. This transitional phase can be overwhelming. This could be because most people get emotionally attached to a place over a certain period of time which is why most of these people find it difficult leaving college than staying in college. And trying to adjust to the new status deludes their reasoning from the real opportunities and adventures that lie ahead.
Hitherto, a number of tools have been put in place to help you cope with this new phase of life, propel you towards an invigorating career and perhaps, land you your dream job:
- Choose a career path – work or study.
Most times, graduates are torn between pursuing further studies and applying for jobs. While others make up their mind about their career path since fresher’s day, others don’t even consider it till they toss their hats in the air on graduation day. Beyond that, what would really assist you in making your choice would be to search within yourself that activity which gives you satisfaction? You could decide to employ or be employed. No one wants to go through series of interviews and assessment tests that may end up a total disappointment and waste of time. So, you may want to be your own boss and harness your entrepreneurial skills. In other wise, if you’re passionate about lecturing, going back to school for further mentoring and tutoring would be your best bet. Moreover, it would do you well than harm to meet with a career counselor who will provide you with the answers that you seek and help streamline your search for best results.
- Relocate to a new environment
This is one of the best time to travel abroad or to a different geographical zone. This affords you the opportunity to make new friends and to ruminate thoroughly about your career path. Asides embracing a new culture, you also can adorn your CV to suit the taste of reputable companies. This new environment might seem impenetrable and unwelcoming at first but when you become adapted to the terrain, the possibilities that lie ahead would be unlimited. While migrating may be a first point of call for some people, you may also want to consider the opportunities present in the particular community that you have chosen and harness the chances around you to yield results.
- Getting a job
If you decide to work, however, do not be misguided in your adventure. The truth is, most multinational companies want to hire you because you are a graduate over a selected period of time but then this is enough time for you to brush up your skills and saturate your CV with ‘good-stuff’. Be specific about each company’s requirements. Enroll for language classes to give you an edge over other candidates. Acquire more skills and make more connections as you progress. That way, you stay relevant in the market and are a good pick for your dream job.