Planning for Success After College
Graduating college students are in a transition period of turning from young adults to professionals but are also faced with difficult financial times. There are many constraints that keep them from succeeding financially during the college years; the cost of books and tuition have made it difficult for anyone to get ahead. Most people end up leaving college in massive debt, and that’s okay if you have properly planned out your career and have goals set in place. What you don’t want to do is spend a lot of money on a degree that isn’t going to make you any money in the future.
There are plenty of people who say do what you love and it will never feel like a day’s work, but that is easier said than done. People who study the arts and humanities, for example, have difficulty getting placed in jobs that are worth what they paid for the degree. Most people know they have to start small and work their way up in any business; this is a fact of life. But when you earn your degree it feels like the cards can be stacked against you, as the student loan bills begin to come in and you have very little money to start with which to start your professional life after school. This can be a stressful time, and it is important to have some stress management techniques to put in place to help with this time in your life. How can you plan to succeed in life after school and start to generate savings? This is a question on many prospective graduates’ minds.
Life After College
When you graduate from college, it is important to have job prospects already lined up, and your resume ready to submit. There are plenty of cases where a student graduates and never uses their degree, which would be a complete waste of time and money. During your college years, it is important to do your research into the types of jobs you can get with your degree, how much you can expect to pay, and how you can chart your career growth. Many people simply do not plan this and become worried or stressed because they do not know what to do once they earn their degree. One of the best stress management techniques is preparation. To avoid graduating and stressing over what’s next, it is important and wise to begin planning your goals and steps to reach those goals while still in school.
Here are some ways you can look into planning your goals now for when you graduate.
- Look into Statistics – If you want to earn a degree in a certain field, it can be helpful to look into the statistics behind the job and career field. Is job growth expected to rise or decline? What is the average salary for an entry level job? Maybe you’ll unintentionally find a different career field while doing this research.
- Consider a Career Map – It’s crucial to understand what you have to do in order to get where you want to be. You are not going to land a job that can buy you a huge house and a lavish lifestyle, right after you graduate. In most cases, you will have to start at the bottom in order to become qualified for upper-level positions. Find out what you want to do, and realize the job you may have to do in order to get there. You don’t want to graduate and become stressed because you do not know the right direction to go.
- Apply Stress Management Techniques – You do not want the stress of being a recent graduate with no plan for the future. This can cause people to worry to the point where they give up or turn to drugs or alcohol. Many people have earned degrees and lost their future to addiction to drugs or drinking. This is a tragic story that happens all too often. Applying proper stress management techniques, such as exercise, meditation, yoga, and other mindful techniques will keep you out of the bars and away from spending money, which will help you develop and mature.
AUTHOR BIO – William Miko is a writer and researcher in the fields of addiction, mental health, and health and wellness. When not writing you may find William at your local basketball court.