So, like so many people leaving university, college and other forms of educations, I have reached the stage were I need to go out into the world of work to find a job! But, like so many finishing college or university I still have no idea what I want to do. Well, this page may just help you with that!
Many people who are finishing education are worried about money and debt, and rightfully so! However, money isn’t everything. You may rush out and apply for loads of jobs, like I did, and well that’s not always the best thing, especially if you don’t know what you want to do. Don’t get me wrong, you have to be doing something whether that is a summer job, like I have, or other work experience (paid or unpaid) or even a part-time job, you need to be doing something. Otherwise it’ll be hard to explain to employers how you have filled your time and it gives you time to really consider your options while earning some money!
It took me quite a while to realise how many options I had, even if you’re reading this and you’ve just left university with a lot of debt, don’t make any quick, reflex, jerk reactions. Quick and instant reactions can be good, sometimes, just not when they are made with panicked thoughts.
You’ve got to remember you’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you!
If you’ve just finished a course that has taken you 2 – 3 years plus to complete, and often a lot more, you can still do anything you want to do, don’t feel tied down to any particular job or career! Today it seems like your course subjects steer your career for the rest of your life, well did you know 50% of people go into work that has nothing to do with their last educational course (at university)!
After I weighed up my options, I’ve got a few quick tips to help you all discover your options:
1. Take a Breath & Find a Quiet Spot
The last thing you need to be doing is panicking and getting all flustered, on top of every one else piling on with their ideas to confuse you even more! So find a quite spot to calm down and gather your thoughts.
2. Write it Down
It doesn’t matter how you like writing your thoughts down, whether it is: list, mind maps, bullet points or just little scribbles. It helps slow your thinking down so no rash decisions are made and helps you really visualise all your options once you’ve written them down.
3. Knowing When to Listen
I know it can be annoying and confusing when lots of people are offering suggestions and ideas for your future, and most of the time they’ll be trying to help. However, it doesn’t always help. Its knowing what suggestions are realistic and which should be ignored will be the key to compiling a good list of realistic options.
4. Sleep on it
I am always changing my mind on what I want to do and I find only the good ones will stay with me, and I’m not talking like over just one night! I’d recommend more than one night, so that you have properly thought about it and not swept up in the excitement of your amazing idea!
5. Speak to Someone
It doesn’t matter who you speak to, friends or family, just make sure they have your best interests at heart. Speaking to someone forces you to explain your idea to someone, which makes your really think about the idea, and often the person you speak to may even see things that you have missed!
So, there are a few tips that have helped me, I hope they help you!
Remember there is no wrong decision and its never to late to change your mind! Its your life you’re living, you get to decide what you do with it.
The College Graduate.