If you’re in that confusing and seemingly terrifying stage of your life where you don’t know what you want to now you’ve graduated, you are not alone. Don’t push the panic button! It’s perfectly normal to feel this way. Plenty of students go to college/university to study a subject without having any idea of how it fits into their future career plans – or even if they have a career plan at all. If you’re at this point in your life, stop stressing and realise the amazing potential that lies ahead of you! Here are some reasons why it’s OK that you don’t know what you want to do now you have graduated:
1. LESS than 10% of the WORLD’S POPULATION HAS a DEGREE, and YOU ARE/WILL BE ONE of THEM!
Even if you don’t know what you want to do after college, you’ll still have earned a college degree, which is a huge accomplishment. You’re educated, you survived the crazy ride of getting that degree, and you probably have some awesome stories and memories as well. Embrace these years and use them as a time to learn about yourself and what you truly love to do.
2. BELIEVE IT or NOT, YOU’RE STILL YOUNG
Just because you graduated college does not make you “old. You have your whole life in front of you! It’s okay to make mistakes and figure things out as you go along. You’re not expected to have everything planned perfectly, especially at this point in life.
3. YOU CAN TAKE THIS TIME to EXPLORE
Life after college/university is the best time to travel and "find yourself," so to speak. Go ahead and backpack around Europe for a few months. You have no obligations or anything tying you down, so take advantage!
4. PEOPLE CHANGE JOBS ALL the TIME, and THAT'S OK
Don't pull your hair out because you have no idea of in what industry you want to work. People change occupations way more often than you think. You're not bogged down to one field just because you have a degree in it. Start looking at internships and opportunities to learn new skills and gain experience for a career path!
5. LIFE after COLLEGE is the BEST TIME to DISCOVER YOUR NICHE
You have no obligations, so take what free time you have and sign up for that art class you've always wanted to try or go on that audition you were too busy to practice for as a student. The sky's the limit!
6. COLLEGE OFFERS SEVERAL CONNECTIONS
Take advantage of the organisations and programs at your university/college for connections to new career paths. For example, if you have an interest in journalism, join the school paper or radio and see if you can either do some behind the scenes work or score a spot reporting. All this experience will be awesome to have under your belt.
7. THERE is NO DEFINITIVE TIMELINE for YOUR LIFE
There’s no manual anywhere that says that you have to graduate at “this” time or start a family at “this” time. Some people become mature students at age 30, and some even at 50 or 60. You never know what life will throw your way, so just know that if you’re feeling stuck, you can always take some time off and re-visit your career later on. If you need to start paying back student loans right away, take up a part-time job in the meantime while you’re searching.