How to Prepare for Post Grad + Job Hunting Tips
How is your April going?
If it’s anything like mine, then it might be a little bit stressful and all over the place. In less than five weeks, I’ll be moving to a new city, graduating, and celebrating my 23rd birthday. It’s crazy to think that I’ll be a full-grown adult with real adult responsibilities. I’m not going to lie, I’m super nervous but I am also very excited to be venturing into this stage.
I decided that the best way to tackle this new stage is to use these next couple of weeks to prepare for this big step. I have been saving as much as I can, furniture shopping, studying, and just praying that everything works out. I have also been watching videos about how to budget, how to tackle the moving process, and just looking at Pinterest for decoration inspiration.
If you are currently in the job search market, moving process, or just preparing for post grad, then these next tips will be very helpful to you.
Here are the things I’ve been doing to prepare for post - grad.
MAKING A PLAN - It’s important that you take the necessary time out to figure out what you want your life to look like and what you want to do. If you haven’t started searching for jobs, or decided on the next steps to take then you might want to start NOW. Don’t waste this valuable time just partying and relaxing but also planning your next step. It’s okay not to know what you want to do for the rest of your life at this current moment but it’s critical that you start figuring out what you do and don’t want to do.
SAVING - The only thing I can say about this is don’t wait to start saving because you need something but start saving just because. If you save now then you won’t have to worry about money when it’s time to make a large purchase like renting an apartment, buying a car, planning a wedding, or buying a house.
TAKING JOB HUNTING SERIOUS - if you haven’t started looking for a job then you might want to get started. Depending on your desired field, you might want to start earlier like your first semester of senior year or junior year. I know for me, I started looking seriously during my first year of senior year and was able to land one by the end of the semester. Don’t get stressed out if you haven’t found one by the end of your last semester because you still have time after you graduate to look and be precise about what jobs you would like to apply for and accept. The best tips I can give you is to apply for as many jobs as you can, attend career fairs, and network with other students in your field and current professionals. It’s important that you put yourself out there because jobs won’t come knocking down your door you have to search for them.
NOT OVERTHINKING OR STRESSING MYSELF OUT - It’s easy to compare your current status with those of others in the same position or ones who have already graduated. It’s critical that you know that everyone doesn’t have it figured out. We are just learning as we go and we all have different paths that will lead us to our desired destination. Use this time to pray and lean on GOD because he is the only one that can see you through and give you peace of mind. Don’t spend your time overthinking, overanalyzing and stressing because it is just going to take you down a disastrous path. Just breath, enjoy the current moment, and learn to appreciate the path that got you across the stage. You will look back at this period of your life and say “ I don’t know why I was so worried”. You will be fine.
The moment that you let go of your worries, fears, and control is the moment that great things will happen to you and for you. It’s okay to plan for the future and prepare but remember life is fun and exciting because you don’t know what will happen each step of the way. You have to trust your knowledge, trust GOD, and know that your capable of GREAT things. It’s time to live up these last couple of days of COLLEGE and make the most of the time you have with people you love and care for. POST-GRAD isn’t going anywhere and you will have plenty of time to worry and be fearful but for now look forward to the unknown and believe that everything will work out in your favor.
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