Post-graduation – for many of us – causes a bundle of nerves to form at the pit of our stomachs. We aren’t sure what to expect – and might even fear that we’ve wasted too much time only to fail without success in reaching our dreams. That’s why we compiled these 10 ways to prepare for life post-graduation so you can come to a better understanding of what to expect.
1. Take Your Student Loans Into Consideration.
Plenty of students make the mistake of picturing what their future will look like with their dream job – but forgetting the obligations that come with it. After all, you’ve worked long and hard to make your way through school, but everything comes at a cost; in other words, your student loans aren’t going to pay themselves. That’s why it’s important to calculate your income – so that you can create a budget that includes the expense of your loans.
2. Think About Where You Want To Live.
Are you going to continue to stay in the same location post graduation? If not, then this is a question that you’ll want to think about – as you begin to prepare for your life outside of school. Some people choose to leave the state – or country – as soon as possible, while others may choose to stay with their college roommates a little bit longer as they adjust a little more to the big jump. All in all, no matter what decision you make you won’t be judged either way – so do what’s best for you and no one else.
3. Think About What Line Of Work You’re Wanting To Go Into.
You’re already one step ahead if have an idea of not just what area you want to work in – but the profession you want to pursue. Thinking about this – before you’ve reached the post-graduation point – is important because you won’t feel as lost by the overwhelming feeling that comes with transitioning from school – into the workforce. In other words, it’s important that you narrow down your choices so that you have a better idea of what to look for when you begin your job search.
4. Open Up – And Build – Your Savings Account.
If you haven’t already, then it’s important that you open up a savings account – and for those who do make sure you’re building it up. You’ll be glad that you did – when post-graduation comes about – because even if you’re only saving a small amount each week or month, you’ll still have funds in case of an emergency. You can then be prepared for whatever surprises might take place.
5. Determine Whether Or Not You’ll Further Your Education.
No matter whether you decide to further your degree/education – or stay right where you are – it’s important to at least ponder on what you plan to do. In doing so, you are able to consider a variety of important factors – such as cost, school, and so on. However, this isn’t a choice that should be made with hast but given much thought. The biggest example of this is if you’re thinking about attending grad school; in a case such as this, it’s important that you make a decision early so you can have your application in on time.
6. Develop A Game Plan Prior To Post-Graduation.
It might sound cheesy because after all many of us have been forced to answer the question of where we see ourselves in five – or 10 years – at some point between K through 12. But the more you grow up, the more you begin to realize that a question that may have once seemed so silly is actually the exact opposite. In other words, create a plan even if that comes in the form of goals; it is only then that you’ll find yourself having someone to look forward to.
7. Start Networking Early On (Before Obtaining Your Degree).
The more networking that you can take advantage of the better. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re connecting with the right set of people. Then – when post-graduation hits – you’ll be able to stay in contact with certain individuals. The best part about this is the fact that you’ll be able to help build up each other’s brand.
8. Apply For An Internship During Your Senior Year.
One of the best things that you can do for yourself – to prepare for life post-graduation – is apply for an internship during your final year of college. In doing so, all that you’ve learned will be fresh in your mind when it comes time to graduate; not only that, but such knowledge is great to take with you – and gives you a new set of experiences in the process. Fortunately, this can help you in your new field.
9. Compile A Portfolio Of All Your Accomplishments.
You’ve worked hard – over the course of your collegiate career – and shouldn’t you have something to show for it? Well guess what, you do – through all of the projects that you invested your time in; in fact, we all have something meaningful that we can take away from all that we’ve learned, so why not put those thoughts/talents on display in the form of a portfolio.
10. Update Your Resume Before You Begin Job Searching.
Sometimes – much like us – our resume gets lost in time. That’s why it is so important to check on our resume – when preparing for post-graduation – so that it can be in good condition when it comes time to apply to certain jobs. If there are errors – or it’s not updated – then this can make you look as though you’re not as reputable as you say you are. Not only that but if it’s correct you avoid causing confusion to yourself and others.
We hope that these 10 ways to prepare for life post-graduation might help you to get a headstart on your future. Don’t forget to share – and let us know your thoughts on life after graduation – in the comments below!
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Whitney is a senior at Missouri State University - majoring in English/Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. In her free time she enjoys freelance writing - and creating content for her blog. She writes to encourage/uplift others - and hopes to one day have her own magazine column.