So, you’ve graduated. What now, you ask? Here are a few things you could do to successfully navigate that inevitable existential crisis.
1. FIND AN INTERNSHIP
You can’t visit the job ‘market’ with an empty bag. You need to fill it with skills first. And the best way to gain and hone your skills is through an internship. Doing an internship will help you build your resume and find out whether or not you want to start your career in a specific field.
2. PASSION + TIME = CAREER?
Do you like music? Do you think there’s a Picasso inside you? (Or a Banksy) Do you think you’re the next Shakespeare? (Okay, that might just mean you’re delusional)
Now that college is over, there is no constant doom of deadlines and assignments to hold you back, so, whatever your hobby or interest is, double down on it. Like to write? Write as much as you can, everyday. Like to design? Go crazy on Canva. Want to be a film-maker? Shoot stuff on your phone and post them. Start small, what’s important is that you start!
You might be just one person away from landing your dream job. The right people can take you to the right places. Your shell is a soundproof place, if you stay in it, even if opportunities come knocking at your door, you won’t hear. Get out, go around and meet people – join communities and attend meet-ups with like minded people.
4. CATCH A TRAIN TO….
Remember that Pondi/Goa/Gokarna/Shimla trip you were planning since the first year of college? Maybe it’s finally time to take it. Don’t let the movies fool you into thinking taking a trip to a scenic place will lead to ‘self discovery’. But, it could still be an enlightening experience. Exposing yourself to new cultures and people can open up new horizons in your worldviews.
5. MOVE TO A NEW PLACE
You spend 3-4 years at the place where you went to college. The world is too huge a place to stay within a 50 mile radius for the rest of your life. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. You’re starting a new chapter in your life, why not move to a new place and start fresh?
You’ve come to a crucial juncture in your life, whatever you do next, make sure it counts!