What on earth are you supposed to do post college life in THIS economy?

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Answered by: Shanada, An Expert in the After Graduation Category
That really is the million dollar question isn’t it? I’m still trying to figure it out myself. No one really prepares you for post college life; you have to figure it out on your own. I guess I can see the “teaching method” in that mindset, but it would be nice if during college someone pulled me aside and said, “Beware of the countless job-search phase, post college because it sucks!” But no one did.



I was naïve when I graduated. I assumed that I would apply and immediately get hired because I did my part: I went to school and received my degree. But there is so much more to it than that. Thinking back, I would have made some minor changes like when I decided to do an internship after college. Or maybe not have waited until my last year to really get involved in writing on my college campus. I would have started much earlier, and maybe taken two internships to gain double the experience; maybe it would have made a difference slightly.

But alas, I will never know. I believe we all have a part to play in this world, and we’re all on our own journeys. So the one I set out on for my career may be different than someone else’s and that’s completely fine.



One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed since graduating was how much I’ve grown into myself. You really do believe you have yourself together when you graduate college, but post college life is when you truly experience life, at least I think so. Mainly, because college is so sheltered, we really live in a bubble for 4+ years and then we’re cast out into the “real world” and it’s terrifying.

But it’s also a huge learning experience. It really forces you to grow up and figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life—or at least for the first few months to a year post college until you figure it out. Originally, I wanted to write for a magazine, and although that would still be really exciting my preferences have changed a bit. But that only came with being out of college, and seeing what the world really had to offer.

In the beginning, searching and applying for jobs is exciting, scary and a bit overwhelming post college. But, after the 100th search it becomes tiring, depressing and overwhelming. It can be a very demoralizing experience to constantly apply to jobs, and be told you don’t have enough experience. How can you possibly gain experience, if you’re not given a chance? It’s a catch-22. So, until you find your “ideal” job you take almost anything because let’s face it, those student loans come creeping up on you very quickly.

I opted for babysitting and tutoring, not bad jobs compared to most, but very unstable. Schedules change, hours get canceled, basically life happens and it alters your money—which by the way is under the table so forget looking forward to that big, fat tax return! But you do what you have to do because who wants to sit around post college with no job, no money and no motivation to do anything to change the situation? Not anyone I know.

Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s downright unbearable, and then sometimes it’s not so bad because you realize there is more to your post college life than this small setback. It won’t always be this difficult, and this setback is preparing you for that amazing job around the corner. But having a positive mindset is key. It’s easy to slip sometimes into a funk, and you’re allotted that. Staying in that head space, however, doesn’t do you any good. This is temporary, and once that amazing job arrives, you’ll be much more appreciative because you’ll remember what you went through to get it!

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