So You Graduated, Now What?
My dad used to always tell me, “I feel like a dog chasing a car. Even if I caught it, I wouldn’t know what to do with it”. That’s how I felt about graduation. I had been chasing after this promise of what life would be like once I left school, but once I caught up, I realized I didn’t actually know what I was doing. Everyone will ask you what you plan on doing once you’re done with school, and 99% of you probably won’t have an answer except to find any job to pay back the school you just left. It’s fine to not have a plan right away, everything is uncharted territory now after all. As someone who has been out of the school game for over a year now, I’m here to give you some tips to at least get started with this new chapter of your life.
· First off, go ahead and take a break. Take a breath. Celebrate a little. You worked hard, you deserve it. Might I suggest food and drinks at Uccellos?
· Stay in touch with college friends and favorite professors. Networking can do wonders and lead to opportunities you might not have been able to get otherwise. Without my online networking, I wouldn’t have found the design internship with Uccello’s Hospitality Group that I’m currently involved in!
· The job you get right out of school doesn’t have to relate to your degree. If it does that’s great, but if not, money is money and it will still help you pay back those loans that will be looming over your head in a few months.
· One of your friends or someone on your social media feed will become ‘instantly successful.’ They’ll move to a cool new city for a cool new job and make it all seem easy. It’s okay to hate them just a tiny bit, but don’t get caught up in comparing yourself to others. Social media is curated, and you might feel that these things will never happen to you. Everyone’s life path is different. You’ll get there, I promise.
· Anyone who seems like they know what they’re doing is lying. Everyone is just as lost as you are and making it up as they go. Fake it ‘till you make it my friend.
· When you’re ready to job search, just apply. Even if you don’t think you’re qualified. Also, you might get told no a lot. I’ve lost count of how many internships/jobs I’ve applied to and got rejected from. It’s not great for your self-esteem, but for every person who tells you no, there is someone who will say yes. Don’t give up.
· Above all else, be kind. We’re all humans just trying to do our best. Help people when you can. Make the world a little better place than how you found it. You’re gonna do great.
Written by Rikki Paepke, Graphic Design Intern