With exams over and your degree in your hand, you’re sort of a real adult now (whatever that means!)
There’s likely one question looming around your mind. This is something that you usually don’t start pondering until it’s a bit too late.
What to do after college?
Congrats on finishing up with college! Once you cure your hangover by drinking a gallon of water or so from your graduation party, you need to figure out what you’re going to do next. This can be a really scary time for you because for the first time ever in your life you don’t have everything planned out for you. The good news is that you’re not alone. I’m pretty sure that most college graduates are a little confused about what’s going to happen next.
Are you looking for help on what to do after college? Let’s deal with actually making things happen after you’re done with college so that you can be financially free by the time you hit 30.
Dealing with debt.
You can’t write about life after college without touching upon debt. Debt is usually the first thing on your mind that you need to figure out. You either had to pick up debt by acquiring student loans to cover your education or you got your first student credit card in college and still haven’t paid it off.
Regardless, you need to deal with this debt moving forward. You can’t just forget about it. Life after college is going to involve debt, so it’s important that you start crushing it.
My must read posts on paying down debt:
These articles will steer you in the right direction. Believe me, being in debt sucks. The good news is that you won’t have to be in debt forever. You can be free! Once you pay off your debt, you can actually do whatever you want in life. Don’t let your past mistakes strangle you.
Common knowledge will tell that when it comes to figuring out what to do after college, you should really just accept the first job that comes your way and be happy. As you now, I’m not into giving common (lame) tips.
Some ideas that you won’t find promoted on other blogs that I need to share are:
Hold a part-time job while you pursue your interests.
I absolutely don’t want to tell anyone to blindly follow their passions. The biggest issue with following your passions is that you need to monetize them. This alone can be discouraging. This is why you can get a part-time job while you figure things out. There’s no need to rush into the corporate world of 40 hour work weeks and one vacation per year if you’re not ready for that.
Find full-time work and moonlight on the side.
This is a common option. You get your day job to pay the bills, pay down debt and to save up money. Then in the evenings and on weekends you focus on building your side income into a solid living.
Go all in with your own business.
Since you usually don’t have to start paying back your student loans right away, you can take advantage of this post-college period by working on your own projects. You can devote all of your time and energy into projects that motivate you. This is the easiest time to do this because you likely don’t have anyone else to support yet.
What you need to read about finding work after college:
This is the fun part of trying to figure out what to do after college.
It doesn’t have to be all work. There can be lots of play. There can be a perfect balance of work and play. My brother has been working odd jobs and seeing this planet since he finished with college.
Some college graduates will go on a major trip right away. Some will go to work and travel in spurts. It really depends on your financial situation. I will go intro greater detail on this topic in the future. For now I just wanted to throw out a few ideas.
My favorite pieces on traveling:
If you’re a recent college graduate then this is a really exciting time for you. As you try to figure out what’s next I hope that you play it cool and don’t burden yourself with unnecessary stress.
Are there any other tips/articles that you can share with us to help out recent college grads that want to figure out what to do after college?