It’s that time of year so many students have been waiting for. Summer break is here for some, but for others it is their long-awaited graduation. The question always looms, what’s next? Your first real job? A graduate degree? A big move? Navigating the first few months after graduation can be overwhelming. Here is some advice:
- Don’t compare yourself to your friends. The energy and emotion wasted on comparison simply isn’t worth it. Focus on what is important to you and avoid being distracted by what others are doing.
- Envision the life you want and take the first small steps to getting there like a weekend visit to a new town you might want to move to, checking out possible job descriptions online, or researching grad programs.
- Thinking of moving? Graduation is a great time to make that happen before you lay down roots.
- Network now! Ok, what does that really mean? This might mean joining a professional organization in the area. There is usually have student pricing. Or if you are planning to move, talk with a professor in your area of study and ask if there are any alumni in that city. Nebraska ties are strong. You will be surprised how willing other grads will be to help you out.
- Speaking of networking, stay in touch with the people you have met through your internships. Grab coffee with old coworkers. Check in with your past bosses and let them know what you’re up to. They can serve as great mentors, references and maybe even a future employer.
- It’s ok if your first job isn’t your dream job (or doesn’t exactly relate to your major). Some jobs are just stepping stones. There’s always an opportunity to gain experience, learn what you like and don’t like about certain working environments and discover a new passion. Your first job is a great place to learn things like what type of manager you like to work for whether it is someone very involved in the process or someone more interested in results, if you’re more effective in a team setting or if you thrive when you’re autonomous, or how much structure you need to be productive at work.
- Start adulting in incremental steps. The months after graduation are a great time to start establishing some good “adulting” habits. After you’ve landed a job, pick one thing a month to focus on like creating a budget, talking with your parents about your expenses they’ve been covering or reviewing your current credit situation and making a plan to improve it.
You may think you are saying good bye to the best four years of your life, but really the best is yet to come! Enjoy these last few weeks and know that UBT is here on campus to assist you along the way.