What’s The Next Step After Graduation?

In the typical American household, there is an automatic path for your life already laid the moment you take your first step. You will go to elementary, middle, and high school. Once you graduate high school, you will go straight to college. That is where the path stops. It’s like for 21 or 22 years, we’ve never had to figure out our next move because society and our family already had it already decided for us. Then, once you graduate college it feels like getting kicked out of a moving car without a road map. What do you do? Where do you go? How do you get there? There are so many directions to go, but you just have to pick the ones that is right for you.

 

Workforce

Entering the workforce straight out of college can be beneficial. College life is one of instability and Ramen noodle dinners, and it is nice to be able to have the time to work full-time so that you can earn the money to start living a stable life. Most college students work, attend school , and also balance those two things while ensuring they both prosper. If you go straight into the workforce out of school, then you will only have to focus on work, because you took one thing off of the seesaw when you walked across the stage to receive your diploma.

 

Go Home & Regroup

Although going home should not be your first choice, sometimes things end up happening that way. It isn’t a failure to graduate and go back home as long as you have a plan. Give yourself a time limit, like six months or so, to get your life on track so that you can enter the independent world. Spend that time at home figuring out what your next move is and prepare yourself to make it. If your next move is to move into your own apartment, then begin the time at home by finding a way to provide financial means to pay for the apartment. That is most likely only accomplished with a job, so get on the job hunt! You want to get a job before you begin apartment hunting, because you need to know how much rent you can afford. I suggest finding a job and the apartment you want to move in within the first half of being at home. Therefore you can spend the next half of living at home by saving up money for the things that will need to be paid for with an apartment like deposit, application fee, and other fees. After you have completed those steps, you are regrouped and ready to step out on your own.

Master’s Degree

The next step after a bachelor’s degree is to earn a master’s degree. One reason to pursue your master’s degree is if the career you are seeking requires a higher education. Some positions require someone with a deeper expertise in a particular field, which can be obtained with a master’s. Another reason to get a master’s is if you want your resume to stand out from the pile of others. Nowadays everyone has a bachelor’s degree and it isn’t as unique as it used to be. As a result of that, having a master’s degree will be sure to make an employer take a second look.

 

 

 

Bianca Baymon84 Posts

I have recently earned my BBA from the University of Houston and I am a native Houstonian. My background is in human resources, so I have an understanding of what motivates people and their actions. As a result of those things, I merge my personal, professional, and college experience to write blogs that everyone can relate to.

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