If you don’t have a plan right now – that’s OK. If you don’t have a job right now – that’s OK. These are some of the words of encouragement I would have liked to hear at my graduation. What I would tell myself about life after graduation is that the path you intend to take may not be the path you find yourself on. And that is OK.
When graduation came, I celebrated the completion of school forever, and I eagerly looked toward my future career. Interestingly enough, I ended up in graduate school for a year. During that time, I became a babysitter and a barista but not exactly the professional woman I imagined myself to be at 22.
Many of my friends found themselves on equally unexpected paths. Whether it was a nine-month job search, an awful first job experience, or a job just to pay the bills, we found that the road from college to career is sometimes a bumpy one, and it looks a little different for all of us. I think that is a good thing because those experiences are good for growth.
I feel like advice to embrace the unknown can be tough to swallow as a graduate, so I’ll avoid saying that. But I think it is important to note that you can’t list out the future experiences that will change your life. The unexpected path on which you find yourself could likely lead to those experiences. So maybe try to steer into the skid a little rather than panicking when things don’t go how you are expecting them to go.
Shelby Dias, director of news services