Wondering what waits for you after college? All young graduates do. Stepping into the unknown can be a scary thing. As humans, we cannot help ourselves… we need to have expectations of how things should be.
Here are some common lies young graduates believe
Things will come easy because I have a diploma
One of the biggest lies college graduates believe is that their diploma or the school they went to will be their easy-pass to find a job. This could not be further from the truth. While your diploma has a role to play in your Job search process, you will need way more than this piece of paper to guarantee you a job after you turn your tassel. You will realize that experience is key and that your attitude will determine your altitude. It is important to be bold but also, humble enough to keep the door open to learning new things. Truth is, you will not have 5 years of experience right after college but there are things that will help you put the chances on your side. This is why it is so important, while in college, to acquire as much experience as possible. Get involved in your college coop, serve in your community… collect things that will look better on your resume than your accounting class. Also, remember, people fall in love with you drive and attitude. Make sure your personality shines through your resume and interview answers so that recruiters can be attracted by you despite your lack of experience.
This is the end of late night studying!
The end of something only marks the beginning of something else. While you might toss your glass to the fact that your sleepless nights studying for an exam are over, life after college presents other challenges that can also cause you to lose some precious hours of sleep. Trouble might not come in the same form it used to while you were in college but “adult life” sure presents difficulties that you will need to sit down and resolve. Also keep in mind that, in order to be great, you will always need to learn something new. This means that, you will need to learn new skills, new ways of doing things and new ways to communicate! The learning process never stops.
This is my chance to apply what I have learned in school
After college, you will realize that real life is very different than theory. Your A on your finance test won’t guarantee your success in the task you need to accomplish at work. You will need to be flexible, willing to learn, willing to un-learn and to be creative. Yes, you will get to apply some of the things you have learned in school but make sure you are not limited by it because, believe it or not, there will be way more things to learn and discover after college.
I will never have to see his/her face again
While you might be excited about not seeing Tommy’s face anymore, keep in mind that, 5 years from now, you might need little Tommy to do some graphic design work for your marketing company! I cannot stretch enough the importance of networking! Make sure you stay in touch somehow because, in the long run, we all need to have contacts.
You want to find yourself and after college, here are 5 things you can do instead of immediately finding a full-time job:
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints