So your schooling is done, you've graduated University or College, you find yourself in a plethora of debt, all your friends are moving away, and you're expected to come out with an amazing job but your stuck waitressing trying to pay off some debt. Now what?
It's crazy the amount of stress that can come from attempting to get your life together after you graduate. When in school you are so focused on classes, doing well and having fun with your peers you kind of forget the real world that awaits when you graduate. And to be honest, I don't think any amount of schooling or lectures can prepare you for that.
And although thinking about all that debt and all those years learning in a school that never guaranteed you a job may make you want to cry , theres one piece of advice that has never helped me so much, and that is: nothing comes for those who sit around and wait. This world is a fast paced social media induced world that will literally eat you up and spit you back out if you keep waiting for better opportunities or if you don't go after what you really want. Finishing your undergrad, or masters, or PhD is just the beginning. School has always and will always be a basic foundation to expand your knowledge and solidify your interests. Leaving school and entering the real world which is full of rejection and growth, thats the most important part, so, what are you going to do with what you learned? How are you going to take that and morph it into something that you are passionate about? These are questions you need to be asking yourself.
And from those who really know me... yea I know I know, I probably should be the last person talking about this because I was a classic example of "finished school, now what.?" I felt completely exhausted, that I had just spent four years of my life in school and felt like I had gained nothing, or felt like I had wasted my time in school rather than going out and pursuing something real. I was so wrapped up in this idea that I had wasted my life, I just spiralled downwards, not appreciating the fact that I had gained a valuable foundation for my future, that not a lot of people can attain or even afford. And this isn't uncommon, a lot of people just get stressed that they need to figure things out NOW, NOW , NOW, like theres some sort of imaginary clock ticking right above our heads and we need to find a solution to all our problems before the time runs out. But for the vast majority of us, we are super young, I mean some people change their careers at like 40 and still become super successful, all it takes is motivation and control.
With that said, I think the most valuable thing I learned on how to get your life back together is to take a breath and realize that it is going to take some time. You're not going to get a job within the first week you finish school, your not going to get 25,000 dollars a month after school, and your not going to have your crap together either, but THATS OKAY. Baby steps, start looking and applying for jobs , starts working small jobs to start saving up for your debt, and treat yourself every now and then. Its important to not lose sight of why you started your education and what career you want for yourself. Your mind is allowed to change and want different things, just be prepared to work for it. School can only get you so far until you have to take things into your own hands and work on it. So keep your head up, go after the things that you want and please, please, please DON'T GIVE UP. Keep working through things but also remember that good things take time, and you might not be where you want to be right now, but you will be, more sooner than later :).