So You Graduated, Now What?
Graduating from college is a significant accomplishment, and you should be very proud of your hard work! With diploma in hand, it can feel overwhelming, like you need to land your dream job immediately or know exactly what your next steps are, but how do you get there? The truth is, you’ve fulfilled your college goal, and now a whole new journey begins! Here are some tips to help you start your next chapter:
“Be Prepared” isn’t just a good motto for the Scouts! Preparedness is a quality that applies to all of life, including post-graduation goals and job searching. Build a strong professional network by attending industry events, connecting with fellow alumni, and engaging with professionals on LinkedIn. Keep your resume up-to-date and accessible for when you need to pass it along. Research mock interviews and resume templates to gain valuable skills in promoting yourself.
Start applying for jobs and internships in your field. Explore different career paths, industries, and job roles. Don’t be afraid to take entry-level positions that will help you gain more experience and level-up your resume! It may not be your dream job just yet, but every step up will take you closer to your goal.
Community Service not only makes a positive impact on your community, but it can also help you develop new skills, expand your network, and demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility.
Your education doesn’t end with graduation, especially if you are thinking about earning a higher degree. You can stay up to date with the latest developments in your field by reading industry publications, taking online courses, and attending workshops. You may find unexpected opportunities in your field as you move forward.
No matter your path forward, it’s important to prioritize your physical and mental health. Identify self-care activities that will help you manage stress and maintain balance in your life. Exercise, healthy eating, and getting a good night’s sleep are some initial things to consider. Reading, playing video games, taking a relaxing bath, watching TV, crafting, and sitting in nature are all examples of potential self-care tools.
Finding a healthy work-life balance will help you maintain your energy and focus so you can make the most of your future opportunities. You can do it!
Stay positive, network, polish your resume and cover letter, be prepared for interviews, stay flexible, and take care of yourself. If you’re still finding roadblocks, connect with our Career Center for help! Resume assistance, career coaching, and support are still here for you even after you graduate. Good luck!