I’ve been navigating post-grad life and I’ve definitely been learning a lot of things along the way. I could go on endlessly about how much I’ve learned over these past few months (because I really have learned a lot!) but I think I’ll let this list speak for itself.
- It’s okay to go back to school after you graduate. It’s okay to go back and get another degree or to retake classes. Just because you graduated doesn’t mean that you’re done. I still want my MBA and MPH someday, and I’m working on my postbacc degree plan!
- You could change career paths. It happens to everyone and it’s perfectly normal. You might decide one day you want to be a journalist and the next day you could want to do research.
- Figuring out exactly what you want to do takes time. It takes trial and error and you might make a few mistakes along the way but when you find the right thing you’ll know.
- Getting into graduate programs is harder than you think. When you’re in your little college bubble these things seem a lot easier than they actually are.
- Getting a job is even harder. Seriously, it’s harder than you think. You’re not going to find your dream job super easily! It’s the hard reality of it, although some people are lucky.
- Some people will try to hold you back. I have one friend who is obsessed with holding us all back in undergrad and in Chicago. Don’t keep people around who are going to hold you back or who don’t want you to move forward.
- It’s okay to ask your parents for guidance. I am crazy independent but my parents have been honestly understanding and wonderful as I figure out my career plan. They have a lot of experience and wisdom and it doesn’t make you a weaker person if you ask them for help.
- You can change your mind. With my career change, I’ve had some people be a little rude. But it doesn’t matter because I’m allowed to change my mind, and so are you! You can change your mind.
- No one knows you better than yourself. That being said, be honest with yourself. I had a coworker who would never stop talking about how she couldn’t imagine me working in a medical or lab setting, or telling me that I was making the wrong choices. She clearly didn’t know me and was being extremely judgmental. I knew my choice was the right one.
- This is your life. It’s your life and your choices are going to be what defines it. This isn’t your friends’ life, or your parents.’ It is yours so you have to decide for yourself.
This is honestly, the most exciting time of my life. It’s been unpredictable and crazy but it’s been quite the experience. And if I hadn’t gone through this, I would have never made such crucial decisions about my career or future.
When I first graduated I thought that this was all a trap and that maybe I should’ve stayed in undergrad longer… but it was the reality check that I needed that pushed me to move forward in my life and career.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
What advice for post-grads do you have?