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Life After College: 13 Things You Should Know

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Graduation is that junction in your life that's anticipated with so much excitement. You celebrate, and are celebrated, for having come this far, and for having gotten that certificate. You're at liberty to do whatever you want, and follow up with whatever decisions you make. Adult Lifestyle. But that's just the perks, and like every situation, it also has a catch. Life after college isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible, either, and most people are faced with uncertainty. It’s commonly said that college years are one of the best of your life. Will things get easier or harder as a young adult who is now a graduate?  Here are 10 things you need to know about college that you probably haven’t heard about;

  1. Life doesn’t get easier after college, you grow stronger
  2. Having routines and systems are keys to your success
  3. You definitely might not find your dream job immediately
  4. You will feel defeated. A lot
  5. Networking is essential
  6. Forget the five year plan
  7. Everyone will be on different pages
  8. Step out of your comfort zone
  9. Stay on the radar
  10. Money buys you comfort
  11. Your GPA actually matters when looking for a job
  12. You need to save/start an emergency fund
  13. Stay optimistic

"My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives".

_Lin-Manuel Miranda

The truth is, graduating is that time of your life when you truly start to be an independent adult. You might not get as much support from your parents and family, you will be left to make a lot of choices for yourself, you might feel overwhelmed and exhausted, but you should remember:

  1. Life doesn’t get easier after college, you grow stronger.

Funny as it sounds; graduating college leaves a whole world of room for you to grow.  It’s that time when you’re finding our your numerous capabilities, and this doesn’t mean that things will get easier or better, but that you will be better equipped to manage it.

"Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead".

_Nora Ephron.

  1. Having routines and systems are the key to your success.

Staying persistent and having a routine is key to success of any sort. Focusing on what you do best, a side hustle and a hobby consistently are one of the best ways to achieving results, Stay consistent, and stick to a routine and to an understood system. Stick to the 10000minute rule.

  1. You definitely might not find your dream job immediately.

There’s more to a job than it looks like on your resume. Try as hard as you might, but landing a great job on the first or second try is difficult. You could get a job and get promoted, thereby making it better or grow a job for yourself, especially a business or an online venture, and there might be trials and errors, but you’ll be fine.

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       4. You will feel defeated.

After graduation, it’s time for job seeking/hunting,  dealing with rejections and  setbacks and sometimes you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Or you might find yourself going through an unexpectedly hard phase. You have to pick yourself up and remember what you are driving so hard for.

 

  1. Networking is essential.

Meeting seasoned people who can sweep you off your feet; other young entrepreneurs is extremely beneficial to your growth and development. Attend as many events, workshops, shows and festivals as you can, try making connections with people who can potentially give you an opportunity in the future.

 

  1. Forget the five year plan.

Usually, you might tell yourself you’ll get married by 25 and have kids by 30. Erm, these goals may definitely not go along with the timeline. Just enjoy your life and your grind. These things will come at their own time.

 

  1. Everyone will be on different pages.

You may notice a difference in the communications you have with your friends and will also tend to lose touch with them over time. Put efforts into making new friends or get closer to the friends you still have.

"Be unafraid to be completely you, and accept all those other individuals as they are".

_Alicia Keys.

  1. Step out of your comfort zone.

Meeting new people, traveling or visiting new places, expanding your professional skill set are all good ways to leve your comfort zone. Get uncomfortable sometimes, try out a bunch of new stuff, but do stuff that you would basically not do, fortune favors the bold.

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  1. Stay on the radar.

Please don’t be one of those people that will graduate and nobody will hear from you again. Stay on group chats and school pages and forums and stay abreast of new situations.

"Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace."

  1. Money buys you comfort.

To be truly happy, you have to be comfortable. To buy comfort, you need money. You should have an income source, no matter how tiny. Make money.

  1. Your GPA actually matters when you’re looking for a job. 

Employers are often very picky when selecting candidates for a job. To be even considered eligible, you need an impressive GPA. If you’re still in college, focus on getting your GPA to at least a second class. If you’ve graduated, taking extra courses and seminars will help to boost your cv. If you’re going for a 9-5, you will need to have an impressive CGPA.

 

  1. You need to save/start an emergency fund.

Having a fund set aside for emergencies will be a great idea for a new graduate. This way, you can get some funds aside for any sudden need or emergency. You can try saving via mobile app, or buying stocks or even trading.

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  1. Stay optimistic.

A positive outlook is really important to make the best of any situation. Try to stay positive and declare positive affirmations. Focus on your successes and challenge your negative thoughts. Tough times can become learning opportunities. You’d be surprised.The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.

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"Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey"

_Michael Josephson.

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Desire Michael-Osiah

Desire Michael-Osiah

I'm a passionate writer who has become totally indulged in this new, wonderful world of blogging. I love sharing helpful information to people.