Advice: Life After College

February 02, 2018

I’m officially a college graduate. It’s empowering and life changing to say that. But it’s also scary because what’s next?

From the time we’re young, we are always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That question slowly, as we get older, turns into “what college do you want to go to?” “what do you want to major in?” “what are you going to do after college?” and while those questions can be scary, there is something about being a college graduate.

I think we fear life after college because we don’t know what we’re going to do. We have ideas, dreams, and goals but we forget to remember that no-one, the day after college gets their dream job. We’re only in our early twenties, anyways!

A huge thing that has helped me in preparation for leaving college, is working hard in college, and out! My first two years of college, I did nothing but school work, hang out with friends, and more things like that. It wasn’t until my third year of college that I got a job, an internship, and really started preparing for life after college. I started to build a resume that could be of use for me after college.

My senior year of college I got “real” jobs. I worked at a sports club for the first half of the year, and a retail card store the rest. These jobs not only provided experience of retail for my resume, but I built relationships and became a part of a community of people. 

I’ve only been out of school for about a month and it feels less scary because I’m working at the card store, making money, and surrounded by people. It feels good to get out of the house, and be apart of something. I would be freaking out if I had nothing on my resume, nor a job; I would probably just be sitting at home surfing my face, watching TV.

Now, all of that is not to say that if you’re graduating college without internships, or a job that you’re hopeless. It just means you have to work a little harder. But as I mentioned earlier, we’re still young!! People think once you graduate school you’re ready to take on a 200k job working at a high level position. It takes people until their thirties, or even forties to reach positions like that, we have to remember our place in life and see what’s out there for us.

If you’re not working at a “real” job, or a job at all, nor if you have anything solid on your resume you can start that now. Being out of college, I feel so free to do whatever I want. Write more, how and when I want to. Travel more. Work where ever I want to. Live where ever I want to. Unless you do have your dream job the day after you graduate college, then you should probably stay there. But since the majority of us don’t, why not try something new, go where ever you want, do whatever you want.

The diploma, and degree alone, can provide you with so much. But, if you are struggling with finding a job or internship, you have to remember you will have to start at the bottom. Maybe you have to get a job at that pharmacy that’s always looking, or you will have to take an unpaid internship. But experience will provide you with so much life experience to help ensure you will make more money in the future, and be happy in your position. Because that’s what it’s all about right? Money and happiness in the right job? Only through experience will you find what you want to do. I thought I wanted to be in fashion - until I started working/interning in the fashion industry and I realized that wasn’t for me. 

For me, life after college, is right now good. I’m at a stable retail job making good money while working on my writing (my future job) to enhance my chances of being a successful writer. I’m traveling a lot to gain life experience and new cultures. I’m planning on moving to Los Angeles at the end of this year to pursue my dream of living in California, as well as being a successful writer.

Life after college doesn’t have to be scary. Remember you’re young: you’ll make mistakes, you’ll struggle, but you will gain so much in life experience and work experience.

You’re not alone.

But life after college is empowering and filled with so much opportunity!

Best of luck. 

See you for a new post very soon! 

xoxo Allie