How to Get Past Post-Graduation Blues?
Well it’s finally got here! No, I’m not talking about “Magic Mike” in the theater – okay… maybe I am. I’m really talking about Graduation!
Many college seniors recently walked across that stage to formally commemorate their collegiate achievements. This was followed by fun celebrations, parties and beginning an exciting, new life chapter. Congratulations are in order!
College is over, yet many students aren’t sure where to go from here.
As a recent graduate myself, I’ve been my own source for answers when I ask myself “I’m graduating…now what?”
Keep Calm and Carry On
Not every graduate knows where they will be in a month… or even a week, for that matter. So don’t let peers who are talking about their plans for graduate school or new jobs scare you. Don’t compare yourself to others. As Steve Jobs said in his now famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Enjoy Your Celebrations
You only graduate from undergrad once, so savor the time, enjoy it! Afterwards, give yourself a break. There is plenty of time to job hunt. You likely just moved home and are unpacking… it’s ok to take some time to wind down. Set a specific date for when to end your mini-vacation, however. Your parents will want you to get started on your career (and out of their house) at some point, soon!
Focus on the Task at Hand
Whether you are applying for an internship or an entry level position, know exactly what you are applying for before you apply! Thoroughly research industries, companies and positions in which you may have an interest.
Your application will compete much better against other applicants if you tailor your resume and cover letter to each specific position. Mass Resume sending is a complete waste of your, and the recruiter’s, time. You will not get hired that way, period.
Remember the People Who Helped You Along the Way
Just like in a job interview, it’s always nice to follow up and thank someone for their time. Whether that person is a parent, grandparents or a favorite professor, an appropriate thank you goes a long way. It shows you appreciate their support and guidance they have given you. Who knows, cementing that connection with that professor may help you in with future networking opportunities.
Don’t view graduation as a finish line. You may not have a job after graduation, but don’t stress – that doesn’t mean peers who do have jobs are already unpacking their corner office. Your career journey starts now, and you have the opportunity to make the most of your situation whether it’s job-hunting, or holding down a part-time job or an internship! It’s a great opportunity to have!
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