You have recurring dreams of walking across the stage, grabbing your diploma and tossing your cap in jubilation. Four or more years of hard work, dedication and the occasional night of partying has finally come to an end. You finally did it!
Your fantasies suddenly take a sharp turn. You’re awakened out of your sleep to the sound of the words of nightmares: “What are your plans for after college?”
These are 7 simple words college seniors across the country dread hearing. You have no idea what you want to do with your life.
Whether it’s your hairstylist, your mom’s best friend or your grandma, the people in your life are all eager to find out what you plan on doing with the rest of your life. You’re probably already tens of thousands of dollars in debt anyways. What’s one more added stress?
There are lots of different things you can do after walking across the stage. Do you accept the first job that comes along? Do you spend time trying to “find yourself?” Do you just get married right away? There are so many questions and it’s no surprise that you’re confused.
According to a recent poll by AfterCollege, four out of five college seniors don’t have a job lined up for after graduation. Although 73 percent of these college seniors might actively be searching for jobs, the majority of them aren’t having any luck landing their dream job and some of them haven’t even started to try.
If you’re like the majority of college students who don’t have anything solid lined up yet, you probably dread being asked that question. It might seem innocent enough but it puts a lot of pressure on somebody already fully aware that they don’t have their life completely together yet.
And that’s okay. You have to realize that that is completely normal.
It’s alright for you to keep your options open. Your life is full of open possibilities after you graduate and it’s perfectly fine not to have a precise plan down to the smallest detail. Maybe you’ll start immediately at an entry-level job, find a perfect internship or maybe spend a few months backpacking through Spain. Whatever it is you plan to do, be open to whatever opportunity comes your way.
Just remember that you’re still young. You will have plenty of time to figure it all out. Each day welcomes a new learning experience. Part of the fun of life and being a young adult is discovering what your passions are and taking the time to do it. Everybody goes through life at their own pace and there’s no template for how you should live. Enjoy every second of your journey. You’re educated, you’ve survived the crazy ride that is college life and you’re ready to take on the world.