So, you’ve done it. You’ve made it to the last year of college, and the finish line is in sight. Some of you may even be in a good enough position to know that graduation is almost guaranteed. Others still have lots of exams to work for and study hard towards. Either way, you’re getting ready to leave college after at least three long years. Now, what next?
Life after college is remarkably different to life during and before college. As a result, there are many things worth knowing before you leave. In this post, I’ve listed three vital things I think everyone needs to know about before they graduate and fly off into the post-college sunset. Check them out here:
1. Having A Degree Doesn’t Guarantee You A Job
Just because you have a college degree, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to find a job. It also doesn’t make you entitled to jobs because you paid your way through college and studied hard. Don’t be surprised if you apply for lots of jobs and people without college educations get in ahead of you. Often, companies look for experience in education as it’s a safer option for them because they know the person has experience working in a similar line of work.
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You probably read that and are now contemplating why you even bothered going to college. Well, in some fields your degree will carry a lot of weight and may even be essential criteria for jobs. It’s impossible to go into a healthcare career without a relevant degree, for example. Your degree is not, and will never be, worthless. It can help you get jobs, it can make you look like a more desirable candidate, but don’t think of it as a badge of honor that automatically grants you any position you want. You’ve still got to go out there and get the experience you need to land a job.
2. There Are Lots Of Online Master’s Courses Available
Some people are preparing to leave college and can’t quite decide whether or not they should continue with their education. Do you stay on and pursue a master's degree or not? One of the main things that put people off this is the fact you have to stay in college for more years and pay more money. However, what if I told you there were loads of online courses available? When I say loads, I mean literally, loads.
Regardless of what you study, there’s pretty much every chance you can find a course online. From online finance and administration courses to an online degree in nursing, and even online counseling graduate programs – there’s something for everyone. So, don’t assume you can’t pursue further qualifications after your initial college time is up. You can still get a Master’s degree in something, but you take the course online and pay less money. Consider this before you rush into applying for jobs.
3. Life Is About To Get Real
You’ve probably had a good few years in college where everything seems like a blur. Yes, there was a lot of studying, but you also had a lot of partying too. It’s easy to get caught inside the college bubble and lose a grasp on the reality of life. When you’re in college, you have student loans to help you pay for things, and you don’t think about your money that much. You don’t care about how much energy you use or the water you waste. It’s also unlikely you pay too much attention to your shopping bills every week either. Well, when you graduate, all these things will start to matter as life gets real!
Most people will still live at home after graduating, which is probably the cheapest idea. But, unless your parents are very generous, you still might have to pay rent to live there. At the very least, you have to think about getting a job and earning your way. There’s no longer anyone or anything you can rely on for money. Your student loan days are in the past, and every penny you spend means more now. Then, you have to think about eventually moving out and finding somewhere of your own. This means taking into account bills, etc. In short; be ready to become an adult quick when you leave college. Don’t get stuck in the college bubble and assume you’ll always have a helping hand to guide you everywhere.
The purpose of this post wasn’t to scare any of you that are preparing to leave college this year! It’s meant just to give you a sense of what to expect once you graduate. I think it’s important to know what might happen and the different paths you can go down should you decide to study more or look for a job. If you’re looking for more reading material to help you when you graduate, then check out this previous post on how to plan your first six months after graduation.