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Life After Graduating College

June 27, 2023
Last updated June 29, 2023
Life After Graduating College
KMC Lalitpur

Life after college can be overwhelming; you were dependent on your parents and are now considered an adult. Determining what to do next can take time and effort. You were used to going to college, meeting friends, attending classes, and doing assignments, and then your life abruptly changed and came to a halt.

Life post-college can feel alone and directionless. You see everyone doing something – some friends get married, start a business, and have kids. You get the feeling of  “fear of missing out” and get anxious. Know that you are not alone, and many people feel the same. Life may not be as easy as you think. Whatever you feel or will go through is normal—it's part of the transitional period in life.

Most of your life decisions are based on your immature years; thus, it is a phase of life you can make the wrong decisions and regret them later in life. It is also the most vulnerable years of life, and you are young enthusiastic and energetic. You may not know to use that energy in the right way. There are many paths you can take after college. Some people go straight into the workforce and start their careers, while others pursue further education in the form of a graduate or professional degree. Still, others may take a gap year or work as volunteers or interns to gain new experiences and figure out what they want to do next.

Talk to people: ask for advice, and follow your heart

It can be beneficial to network with others in your industry, seek mentors or advisors, and be open to new opportunities. Building a solid foundation early in your career can help you achieve long-term success and satisfaction in your work. Talking with them will provide you with new perspectives and assist you in making preparations for the coming days. Asking for advice does not necessarily mean that you must follow it or that it suits you. If you found it helpful, take it; if not, do what you believe is best for you.

Keep on learning new things

Learning is a lifelong process. No matter your path, it's essential to keep learning and growing personally and professionally. It could mean continuing your education through online courses, workshops, or conferences, staying up-to-date with developments in your field, and expanding your skillset through on-the-job training and experience.Even if you have found a job to keep the mundane life interesting, read books, start a blog, try new cuisines at new restaurants, find a new hobby, etc. 

Travel and have fun

Traveling to new places can be a great way to learn about different cultures, broaden your perspective, and gain new experiences and memories. There are many ways to travel, whether solo, with a group of friends or family, or through organized tours or travel companies. If you have a specific destination or type of trip in mind, do some research and planning to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. It might include finding a place to stay, purchasing tickets or making reservations, and making a rough itinerary of the activities you'd like to do. It can also be helpful to budget for your trip and consider any necessary travel documents or vaccinations. Remember that it's also important to be mindful of your safety and the local laws and customs of the places you visit. It can be helpful to familiarize yourself with these before you go and have a plan for handling any unexpected situations.

Start a business or side-hustle

Post-college is the ideal time to invest in the dreams and ideas you've had since elementary school. Pursue your passions and see if your side hustle can become your primary business. It will not only give you a better idea of what your future could be like, but it will also keep you busy and support you with your finances. Start a blog if you want to be a content writer, or upload vlogs to YouTube if you want to be a YouTuber.Although you may have to spend some money to get started, it is worthwhile on your side hustle if you are passionate about your work.

Start job hunting 

Looking for a job can be time-consuming and challenging, but finding a career that you love and aligns with your goals and values can also be exciting. You just graduated from college, you're looking for work but don't have any experience but need it—and no one seems to be hiring, but everyone tells you that everyone is. All of this being said, if necessary, find a temporary part-time job. For example, it could be at a store, coffee shop, bank, or fitness center. This part-time job won't pay well, but it will provide you with some income for the time being. It's also part-time, which allows you to continue looking for full-time work.

Postgraduate degree 

A postgraduate degree can help you gain specialized knowledge, demonstrate commitment to your field, and improve your networking skills. You can continue your studies by joining a postgraduation college and exploring new things. You will meet people from different life paths, make friends with them, initiate recent events and programs, and use your talents. It will help you improve the soft and hard skills needed in your professional life. It is a time of learning while doing. Most people learn to balance work life and personal life during postgrad studies. You can start earning and learning at the same time. However, it can be stressful sometimes, so take care of yourself by eating a balanced diet, sleeping on time, exercising often, and not forgetting to have fun. 

Also read: How To Make The Most Out Of Your College Life

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