It’s finally spring break! For most college students their mind is solely focused on their travel destination. They will kick back their feet and enjoy their 7 days of what seems like freedom. However, for the graduating class, Spring Break can bring some anxiety and unwanted fear. Quickly drifting into the question, what am I doing next? While we can’t tell you where you are headed next, what we can do is give you 5 basic principles to keep in mind when venturing out post college.
1. Go with what you know:
You now hold one thing no one can take from you; a college degree. But just because you have it, doesn’t mean you are limited to it. When venturing out post college expand outside of what your degree is in. Ditch the piece of paper and trust your passion.
2. Don’t be afraid to get rejected:
It is time for you to buy into the “fall down 7 times, stand up 8” analogy. When venturing out post college, you have to be ready to take rejection just as well as acceptance.
3. Know your worth:
With the rapid rate of technology expanding, you are no longer the low man on the totem pole. You have the ability to jump in head first and excel at a rapid pace because it is how our generation is wired. When venturing out post college know the value you bring to the table regardless of your age.
4. Think outside the box:
Companies are constantly flooded with applications so it’s time to stand out. When venturing out post college look for ways that make you different then expand on them. When applying for a job, figure out a way to stand out in a sea of resumes and cover letters. Whether it’s changing your resume format, sending a video via email, or adding the recruiting managers on LinkedIn, put yourself out there. Think outside the box.
5. Aim high:
When it comes to achieving your goals, you are the only one who can stand in your way. Aim high and go for things out of your experience and career range. When venturing out post college allow yourself to go for a position you desire, whether you are ready or not.
I think Elizabeth Gilbert hit the nail on the head when she said, “it seems to me that the less I fight my fears, the less they fight back. When I relax, my fears relax too”. There is no doubt graduating can be scary. It brings new challenges, places, and forces you out of your comfort zone. But, if you can learn to relax and enjoy this transition, the outcome can and will be marvelous.