May 17

You’ve Graduated…Now What?

Celebrate Your Graduation

Celebrate Your Graduation

Graduation is an important milestone in your life.  High school, college, graduate school…no matter what graduation you’re celebrating, it represents a big change in the direction of your life.  From high school, many people move out on their own for college and truly begin to be independent.  After college, people enter the workforce and begin to earn a living.  Graduate school can follow right after college for some, and for others, it represents a shift in their lives or a major step forward in their career. 

But for many people, graduation comes with a big question:  now what?!

That’s a huge question, and a lot of people might seem to have the answer.  However, no matter how many people give you suggestions, you’re the only person who can make the big decision as to what you’ll do.

If you’ve graduated high school and haven’t selected a college, that might be your first big decision.  However, what if you aren’t sure if you are going to college?  No matter what they say about a college education being absolutely necessary, some people just aren’t suited to the college environment.  And you don’t have to have a degree to find a job.  A certificate or degree from a trade school can open many doors.  People who want to do construction, work in the automobile industry, work on a farm, cook, or work in the transportation industry don’t necessarily need a degree. 

Some people have plans for college but don’t want to immediately jump in to a four year program.  They might spend a few years as a two-year college or even get a job and work for a year or two before going to school.  Those that have the means might even take some time to travel.

Graduating from college has a similar decision: graduate school or job?  This one is usually much easier, however.  People who are planning to become professors, doctors, or lawyers know they will need more education.  Others, however, know that they can start their careers with a four-year degree and will move into the workforce.  There are some people who are undecided, however.

For these people, it’s not so much a question of work or graduate school.  Instead, it’s more a question of what they truly want to do with their lives.  Even after earning a bachelor’s degree, some people aren’t quite certain what career they really want.  For these people, sometimes working as a temp or doing some volunteer work in areas they think they may be interested in can help them make a decision.

No matter what, however, take a bit of time to celebrate your graduation before you begin worrying about what comes after it.  You’ve earned a short rest!

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