So you’re about to graduate from college and you want to hold off on graduate school. What are you going to do next with your life? I know. This is the million dollar question that every college graduate hates to hear. The struggling economy and slow job growth makes your next step after graduation seem a bit daunting; however, I believe that you can find something out there if you are willing to simply humble yourself and be a little adventurous. Here are some things to keep in mind as you ponder what to do after graduation:
Don’t be Afraid to Move. Many college students have made the mistake of being too scared to move. They are scared of the unknown and are not willing to apply for jobs in other cities or states even though they are not able to find a suitable job in their area of choice. Please do not be this person. You must be willing to be adventurous and apply to jobs everywhere and if you get a position that is suitable, move to that new city or state. Let’s be honest with ourselves, jobs are hard to come by these days. There are cities throughout the United States that have growing economies and it would be a shame if fear is what keeps you from good job opportunities.
Your First Job May Not be Your First Choice. It is okay if your first job is not your first choice. The most important part of your first job is to gain experience. The experience you gain can lead to more lucrative promotions or other job offers in the future. You must look at your first job out of college as a springboard instead of looking at it as if it was a dead-end job.
Don’t let the Salary Fool You. When you are thinking about taking your first job, it is important not to just focus on the salary alone. We can all get lost in the numbers sometimes, but it is important to look a little deeper and think about the cost of living. This is a simple step but can be crucial when you think about your future employers as well as their location. To do this, you can simply type “cost of living calculators” in your Yahoo search engine and you can utilize a variety of calculators. For example, you will find that if you made $50,000 in Houston, TX and then moved to New York, NY (Manhattan), your equivalent salary would have to be over $100,000 due to the varying cost of living.
Graduating from college should be an exciting time because it is such an amazing accomplishment but due to our underwhelming economy there is a growing sense of apprehension and fear. If a college graduate can humble themselves and be willing to take chances and remove fear from the equation then the sky is the limit.