Graduating from college is a major milestone. Congratulations on the achievement. So, what’s next for you after college? What does your future hold? Some students see college as a major goal, when in reality it is simply a stepping stone to other future life achievements. Part of the adventure is really figuring out who you are and what you value. For typical twenty-somethings, graduating from college is the final move (or leap) into adulthood.
So what’s next for you after college?
Your Next Life Decision: Career A or Career B
Did you know that even many college grads still aren’t sure what they specifically want to do in their careers? Even if you are sure, guess what? Career experts predict the average person will switch careers (not jobs) four to five times over his or her lifetime.
Where do you go from here? How about finding your life’s passion — or at least your current life passion.
Your Next Career Step: Job or Graduate School
For some of you, the career you want to pursue requires a graduate degree; others may take the plunge into graduate studies to avoid a bad job market — or to just avoid a job.
If you are job hunting, the most important piece of advice is for you to develop a job-search strategy. You will not be successful just “winging it.”
Your Next Concern: Dealing with Success or Failure
as first impressions are critical with job-hunting, your first days on the job are important in establishing a reputation for yourself with your boss and co-workers. And as time goes on, you’ll want to quickly prepare yourself for dealing with office politics, for dealing with good and bad bosses, and for marketing yourself within the organization. You should also consider finding a mentor within the company — and perhaps one outside the company.
Finally, remember that a job is only a job. You may succeed wildly, or you may have troubles. Enjoy the good times and try not and fret about the bad. All of us will change jobs and careers multiple times — and most of us will be fired/downsized/rightsized at least once in our lives.