I’ll never understand why people feel the need to give unsolicited advice. This especially holds true for career advice. I’ve had way too many random people give me unsolicited career advice the last few months. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m always excited to listen and learn from others. I just don’t appreciate it when people that don’t know me try to tell me what to do without even asking me what I want to do.
This Thursday is my actual college graduation ceremony. The thought of finding a “real job,” and ditching my attempt to build an online empire has hit me a few times. Today I wanted to look at the idea of finding a real job immediately after college.
Do I have to find a real job after college? It depends on the following factors…
“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” — Tom Brokaw.
Do you have any entrepreneurial visions?
Do you have any plans of going into business on your own? Let me rephrase that– are you willing to work ridiculously long hours on your own projects without any guarantee of income? If you’ve always had dreams of starting your own business, this is the best time to give it a shot. If you have entrepreneurial goals on your mind you might want to hold off on finding a steady job for the time being.
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Do you owe a lot of money?
With the rising amount of student debt held by college graduates, chances are that you’re going to have to find an immediate source of income to start paying this money back. If you picked up a massive amount of student debt, you might want to find a steady source of income, while you moonlight on the side to start your own gig. I don’t want to throw out careless “feel-good” advice because the reality is that you need to pay back your student loans.
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How badly do you want to make money?
Some of us are content with not making a lot of money. Others want to make as much money as possible. With a steady job you’ll be given a steady income. You’ll be able to create a budget and work towards your financial goals over time. With a irregular income that comes from freelance work/starting your own business there’s no income guarantee at all. You can have prosperous months. You can also go through really lean times. How badly do you want to make money right after college? A steady job will give you the income that you need. Branching off on your own can be roller coaster.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Five years from now, do you want to see yourself moving up the corporate ladder? Or do you want to see yourself running a successful company? Where do you want to be in five years from now? This should help you decide if you want to find a traditional job at this point in time. Long term goals help you keep your eye on the prize.
It’s really easy to tell someone or to tell yourself that you need to find a “real” job after college. The reality is that we all have different plans and visions of what we want out of life. This inherently indicates that we’ll take different paths. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here.
Do you think that all college grads should find a real job right out of school? What do you think?