Life after college is filled with change. After you graduate your whole life will change—and this is a good thing. This blog article is all about a few preparatory steps for those who are heading into the world of adulthood. Things change… and here are a few of those changes.
Different Pages, Different Places
Back in college you could always a find time for your friends. You may even have shared an apartment. Now you and your friends will, more than likely, have conflicting work schedules, different budgets, and different social circles, and you’ll find it a little more difficult to coordinate your lives.
Decisions—both huge and tiny—will become overwhelming. Now that college is over everything is up to you. Some of the choices will be major—like where you should live, or work—you might find yourself a overwhelmed when faced with what to eat for dinner. Just remember there are no advisors who help you move in the right direction.
Working Is Working
There’s more to a job than how it looks on your resume. Seriously. When looking for a job, look past its title and responsibilities. There are so many things that will make a job the right fit, including the culture and having a good manager. Don’t be afraid to turn down a great job when it doesn’t seem like the right company vibe. You control your destiny—so control it.
Things Change—Take A Raincheck
Just because your friends live nearby doesn’t mean your relationships will stay the same. Having friends in the same city can seem like an easy way to stay in touch, but you might find that your work schedules, life schedules, and other major priorities prevent you from seeing each other as regularly as you thought. When people graduate college, they can change, and you’ll find that you have to make a serious, concerted effort to see the friend who lives only a few blocks away. This is one of the biggest shocks most college graduates find themselves faced with.
Be A Yes… Everything Is An Experience
Say yes to as many experiences as you can. When getting to know a new city or getting to know a new group of people, like coworkers, the best advice is to say “yes.” Say yes to that happy hour, a weekend adventure, an impromptu movie night—anything that helps you explore your new location and new life, and lets you step out of your comfort zone.