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 journalismjobs.com. 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?