After the countless times of debating whether you should drop out and become that overnight celebrity you’ve always wanted to be, you no longer have to worry about that because you followed through and obtained your degree.
Yet, with this recent accomplishment of yours, you’re just getting started. And, if you don’t have the slightest clue as to where to begin, here are a couple options to think about:
If you haven’t considered grad school, or getting a full-time 9 to 5 job, take the time to travel before settling down and assuming your adult responsibilities. When it comes to travelling the possibilities are endless. Travelling is all about exploring the world’s beauty, and seeing things from a different perspective. From exploring nation’s treasures, or going to third world countries, as a novice in the world, this is a great way to gain insight on different cultures, and how diverse the world is. Websites like LivingSocial.com or Groupon.com offers great travelling deals.
2. Is grad school for you?
Depending on your field of study – like law, or medicine – grad school is absolutely a necessity! Here, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of grad school:
Not only does grad school gives you the opportunity to pinpoint and enrich your knowledge on special interests, but if you’re also thinking about changing career paths – grad school is a great start. For instance, you did your undergrad in accounting, but you changed your mind, and would like to become an English teacher, grad school may be in your best option. To take it a step further, you can also study abroad while attending grad school (more at number three). Yet, the most important reason to attend grad school is the pay rate! With a grad degree under your belt, you’re most likely qualified for a higher salary.
Too expensive! When it comes to certain fields of study, like journalism, business or fashion – where it’s solely based off of experience – grad school isn’t a necessity. And while your friends are embarking on their professional careers, you’re still at an in between stage – where you’re a student and professional – late night study sessions, term papers, and group projects. A little all too familiar?
3. Study abroad for grad school
Studying abroad for your grad degree is killing two birds with one stone. Not only are you gaining knowledge in a field that you’re passionate about, but you’re learning in another country! When learning in a different environment, you’re not just exploring the country, but understanding the perspective of the citizens of that particular country. This not only makes you well rounded, but studying abroad also helps your resume stand out when applying for jobs.
4. Full-time job
There’s nothing like getting real life experience in the field that you’re passionate about. So, what’s so wrong with diving right into your field of interest right after college? This is the first practically the first step into adulthood.
If you haven’t figured out the career path you’d like to take, why not use your free time and volunteer at local organizations to help? Before making a committed career choice, volunteering helps you test-drive a career to see if this is what you want to do. When volunteering, you’re not only learning about that specific organization, but also local resources, laws and skills you didn’t think you had. From a few hours in a week, or three days a week, although it may not help you financially, when it comes to the betterment of others lives – that’s priceless. Studies show that volunteering makes you healthy, reduces stress, but most importantly shows civic responsibility.