So You’ve Graduated College, Now What?


You’ve made it through three years at college; you’ve made some lifelong friends, had some amazing experiences, and now you’ve graduated, and you’re stuck as to what your next move should be. First things first, congratulations on graduating from college, that’s a real achievement! Make sure to make time to celebrate before you start to panic about what the future holds.

The chances are that until now, you’ve always had your life dominated by something. First, it was school, then it was college, but now that you’ve graduated, you have no idea what you’re going to do with your time. You might have an idea of what you want to be, but as for how to get there, you’ve got no idea. The important thing is now to panic about the future, as this will only make things worse.

To help you to determine your next steps below is a guide to what you need to do. Take note of the tips below, and you can ensure that you achieve your goals and make the most of your college degree.


Take some time to think about your goals

The first step is to take some time to think about your goals. What is it that you want to achieve – is their a career that you’ve always dreamed of doing? Take some time to think about what type of job you would like to do, it doesn’t matter what this is, just as long as you find something that would be a good fit for you. You need to think about what your skills and interests are, and what type of role you would be best suited to. Take the time to research different roles and what’s involved in them, so that you can get a better idea of what each role would involve.

Look at your options

Once you’ve decided what type of role you would like to take on, the next step is to look at your options for getting there. Just because you like the idea of a certain career path, that doesn’t mean that you can instantly get to where you want to be. In most industries, you will need to work your way up, and it’s important to understand that. Of course, it may be that the role you want to work towards requires that you undertake more learning, in this instance, you will need to look at your postgraduate degree options. The reason a lot of people aren’t keen on the idea of doing a postgraduate degree is because of the cost, but companies like John Monash, offer scholarship programs, meaning that if you apply and are successful, you wouldn’t have to worry about the cost.

Make a plan

It’s a good idea to sit down and write up a career plan that explains your hopes and dreams for your career and also lists the goals that you would like to achieve over time. For instance, say your dream career is working as a journalist, then perhaps you want to be an editor by the time you’re 26. Write a list of your goals and make a career plan so that you have things to aim for as your career begins to progress.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about getting your life in order after you’ve graduated college. It might take time to get to where you want to go, but if you work hard, you can get there.


I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading (as always <3)

xoxo, Rae

January 10, 2017
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  • Reply Caitlin

    Nice tip about writing up a plan. Writing just helps flesh out ideas that might be swimming around in your head but you can’t straighten them out completely unless you write them down!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    January 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Nikoletta J

    Great advice 🙂

    January 15, 2017 at 8:32 am
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