Post-Grad Thoughts: What’s Next?

6475cddb784315ed78d190da699ea387Hey guys,

It’s almost been a month since I graduated from Temple. I’m officially Temple Made, but I’m not exactly sure what’s next in my life. I mean, I know that I have to find a job, get a car, and start paying back my loans…but I’m not really sure about anything right now.

In a perfect world, I would have lots of money and the freedom to do what I really want to do right now. Travel, explore the world, and eat lots of new foods. I mean, that sounds like the life. But I know that I don’t have the money to do that right now and no one is going to pay for those things for me.

Right now I’m just hoping to find some type of job in retail or sales, something part-time and not too far away. I’ve applied to a couple of places, but haven’t heard anything back yet. I guess I’m just wondering if it’s okay to not want to have my professional life start as soon as I graduate college. I know a few people who had real, full-time jobs lined up before we even graduated, and it made me feel like I wasn’t doing all that I could.

It’s not like I’m trying to not get a real job. I’ve kept my portfolio/professional site updated, made connections on LinkedIn, and posted my resume to I’m opening myself up to finding a “big girl” job, but I really do want that time to relax and learn and grow into who I’m supposed to be without jumping from one responsibility to another. Is that crazy?

Are any other recent grads in the same boat? Have any tips? Is anyone out there feeling this way?


4 thoughts on “Post-Grad Thoughts: What’s Next?

  1. Paul says:

    Definitely in the same boat. I graduated June 2013 and watched as some of my friends went straight to a full time job while I sat around at home and relaxed and tried to decide what to do with my life. I year later I’ve taken a few steps with some jobs but still nothing full time. I too am trying to find out who I’m supposed to be (even wrote a blog post on it haha) but I think it’s completely normal to want to take some time to yourself after graduating. I don’t think many people know what they want to do; everyone is secretly terrified. Good luck!

    • Kayla Cropper says:

      Hey! I read your blog post. It definitely captures exactly how I’m feeling right now. Glad to hear that someone else is in the same boat 🙂
      I related a lot to what you said about how you graduated with a degree in sports management and weren’t sure if that was what you wanted to do anymore. I started having doubts about my own major the last semester, and it definitely didn’t help that it was the most stressful semester I’ve ever had.
      It is sort of comforting to think that everyone is secretly terrified. Makes me feel like I’m not so alone and that I’m not completely failing at life. Thanks for commenting! And good luck to you too!

  2. Michael Lin says:

    I’m Class of 2013, and I just recently started my first full time job. Most of my friends had already secured jobs before graduation, but I hadn’t, so it was definitely eye-opening to return home after college with no more school to worry about but without a job. I treated last summer like the ones before, with friends and having fun, while job hunting at the same time. I couldn’t land anything for awhile but I realized that everyone takes a different path towards their destination. Just stay patient, stay positive, and make sure you’re always enjoying life no matter what! -Michael

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