Now That You Are A Graduate: What To Do Next?

75% of students get nervous right about graduating, why? Well I don't think I can give a detailed explanation as to why because I also fell into the category two years back quarter to my graduation but I think it's because most of them aren't PREPARED. Not prepared to face life, not prepared to face an uncertain future, not prepared to know what they are to expect, not prepared to know what to do afterwards and not prepared to stop receiving pocket money and allowances from their parents, etc.

This is quite sad because we prepare so much to take a child through school but we don't see the need to prepare them for real life experiences and outcome afterwards. Funny enough, life doesn't wait for anyone neither does it wait until you are prepared. It will drill, stretch, push and hit you so hard till you learn what you are to learn and force yourself to level up. This is why I decided to take time out to write this post so they can understand major thing they need to start doing immediately they finish or before writing their final exams aside other things.

1. Build Up Your CV/Business Plan

I wrote my first CV when I was in my 200 level, then there was this ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) strike for all Federal Universities in my country. Then I thought instead of whiling away time, I decided to volunteer at my Aunt's office. I visited the office three times a week and though I wasn't paid anything - I learned a lot, I got the working experience, I got to relate with matured and intelligent minds. My Mum felt I was being too exposed but my Dad encouraged it, the staff loved me and my enthusiastic spirit. I later resumed school after the strike was called off and whenever I came home for break, I was always welcomed there. It also connected me to other paid opportunities. Though I didn't know too much about business then but I had always had it in mind, so I wrote down plans and had vision of the kind of business I wanted to do.

You should also sign up with job websites, communicate with recruiters, tweak your CV and Cover Letter for different roles. Writing a really good CV can be quite challenging - especially building up the right words but I was able to simplify it for you in a post HERE.

2. Volunteer / Take courses

Look around for productive activities you could engage in during this period of your life, like learning a skill or taking online courses that can enhance your skills and volunteering for an organization, fellowship or foundation. You never can tell what opportunity may come knocking through this.

3. Network (Don't isolate yourself)

Get involved in a social cause, be nice and friendly. Get out of your comfort zone, let people know you are looking! The internet has made things quite easy for us all - use social media to your advantage.

Your network is your net worth.

I have gotten several opportunities and connections to great people via social media without even having to meet them. My best platforms are Twitter, LinkedIn and IG - maximize these tools to favor you. Feel free to also stalk people and leave nice comments on their page once in while in a reasonable way. Be careful of what you share and pass around because people are watching you including your possible recruiter! Lol!

4. Start A Business / Start Something Meaningful

I wish someone sounded this forcefully into my ears during my undergraduate days but none did. May be because I felt I was still under my parents, but little did I know that I will soon be left on my own. And now, I don't want you to make same mistake.

Life is 100% your responsibility. 

A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest - then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber." - Proverbs 24:33-34 (NLT)

Now is the time to start something worthwhile and meaningful, if you need to blog then do it. If you need to start that NGO or business, then start now. Know that, you don't need to have it all put together before starting. You can start right where you are and with what you have. Act on your dreams and work to bring them to life, stop waiting for perfect moments.

5. Own Who You Are / Believe In yourself

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! You are capable of anything if you believe. Grow, develop yourself and embrace who you are as a person. Create the kind of life that you desire!

Life is what you make out of it.

If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will help you do so. You need to believe that nothing is impossible if you put your heart and mind to it.

Hope these helpful tips guides you into what should be next! Did you recently graduate from college? What's next for you? Are you job hunting? Are you an entrepreneur? What challenges have you encountered so far? What seems to work and what seems not to? Do share your thoughts with me and other readers below!

P.S - If you already did all that is mentioned above before graduation, then kudos to you - You are the real graduate!


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  1. Fantastic tips! You're absolutely right - life is what you make out of it.

  2. Thank you so much for this inspiring post! :) Volunteering seems like a good option to me when I will graduate from high school.

    1. Volunteering is always a great idea! Thank you for reading☺


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