August 2016 will mark three years since I officially graduated from Campbell University with my B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. THREE YEARS! It’s wild to me how time seems to fly the older you get. In my head, the internship I held the summer before graduating seems like it was just last summer! Crazy right??
I’ve learned so many things since graduating that I honestly wish I would’ve known while I was still in college. It’s a whole different ballpark when you’re officially out of school. You now have complete control over your life; the who, what, when, where and why questions are now completely up to you. That can be a scary and daunting realization, trust me, I know firsthand. But since I am such a caring and awesome person, I’m here with 5 lessons I’ve learned since graduation. Hopefully, they can lend some encouragement and guidance on your own journey!
1.You’re going to have a moment or two or 2435576586578 of complete and utter confusion.
And you know what, that is completely ok. Not everyone will have a job set up in their field to start the day after they graduate. Because of that, you can start to feel lost and confused about what to do next. There is so much pressure to for graduates to have it all worked out, and when it seems like you don’t, it can be stressful. I’m here to tell you that most people experience that feeling; the trick is to not let it consume you. I promise you, everything is going to eventually work out.
2. It’s ok if you’re not in a job, in your field, straight out of college.
Remember, everything will eventually work out. Just keep working towards it. Stop stressing boo!
3. You’re probably going to change your mind about what you want to do with your life more than a few times.
So you’ve finally landed your dream job, and it’s something you went to school for. You’re probably thinking that you’ve finally found your niche. Na. I’ve been working in my field ever since I graduated from school, and I just realized three months ago I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life working in that field. And that. Is. Completely. Fine. I know 40-year-olds just now figuring out what they want to do. Stop thinking you have to have everything figured out. Life is a journey. As you grow and change, so will your interests.
4. Networking is Bae.
People will have you thinking that all you need to land a good job is a great GPA. I’m here to let you know that’s only 40% of the truth. Networking is so important. Who you know will open up way more opportunities than a nice sounding degree and GPA. Make sure to take every opportunity to build relationships with people. I don’t care if it’s at an internship, a co-op, a job fair, or your cousin peanut’s 32nd birthday party, you need to take every opportunity to grow your network.
5.Your LinkedIn should pop more than your Tinder app.
We’re in a new day and age with this here social media. There are platforms out there for any and everything, including professional networking and job-seeking. This is when you need to take advantage of it. I’ve literally been exposed to so many opportunities through LinkedIn. My current job actually came because of a posting I saw on the app!
All in all, just remember that this is all a journey and that honestly nothing is impossible or unattainable. Also, you are exactly where you need to be in your journey. As long as you’re continually striving to succeed in what you want, it’ll all be just fine.
Jess, is a 20-something year old southern girl who traded in sweet tea and Bojangles to reside in the land of vegan food and tacos, also known as Los Angeles, CA. A lovely guest post by Jess. Check out her blog to see our collaboration here : FluorescentBrownGirl