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Life after graduation

Graduating from college is an exciting time for students and their families. After years of hard work and dedication, students are finally ready to leave college and start a new chapter in their lives. Post-graduation is a time of hope, change and excitement. But what do you do exactly once you close the door on your college life? Is going straight into the workforce what’s expected of you? Are there any more options? Let’s take a look at these questions in a little more detail as we talk about life after graduation.

The job search

You might be excited to get to work and put all your new knowledge and skills to the test. If so, you’re not alone as most students begin their new chapter with some job searching. Networking is often the most effective way to find a job so start meeting people at events and utilizing online resources. Job boards can also be a great resource for finding open positions, but it’s important to remember that they are only a small part of the searching process. Applications should be tailored to each position and submitted in a timely manner.

Salary expectations

Next, this is a time to start building financial security so think about how much you’d like to make. Your salary expectations depend on a variety of factors such as your degree, experience, and location. Of course, this number can vary greatly depending on your field of study too. For Engineering graduates typically earn higher starting salaries than graduates with degrees in humanities or social sciences. If you have experience in the workforce already, your starting salary may be even higher. It’s important to be realistic with your expectations when it comes to salary. 

Further study

There are a few things to consider when making the decision of whether or not to do further study after graduation. The first is what you want to do with your life. If you’re not sure what you want to do, further study may help you figure it out. If you already have an idea of what you want to do, further study may help you get there faster. The second thing to consider is the cost of going back to college. 

Often, there are scholarships and other financial assistance available, but it’s important to make sure that you can afford it before making the decision. If you already have student debt, there is always the option to refinance a student loan with the goal of lowering monthly expenses. Interest rates are typically lower so it’s a win-win. Finally, consider your own abilities and what type of further study would be best for you. If you’re not sure, talk to your academic advisor or someone else who can help you make the right decision.

Travel

Your life, at this point, is full of hope and change. For many, it’s a perfect time to finally do what they’ve always wanted to do: travel. Seeing the world is a great way to experience new cultures and learn about the world. It can also be a time of personal growth, as you learn to fend for yourself in unfamiliar surroundings. There are companies out there that will organize group tours if you’re unsure about going alone.

Or, if you are comfortable going on a solo adventure, it’s best to book your own flights and book accommodation as you go. This introduces a big element of surprise and will give you the opportunity to stay longer in the places you enjoy most. Travel is probably one of the most rewarding life experiences and lots of students would agree that doing it after graduation is the perfect timing.


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