What is Next After College Graduation?

Four years ago, I finished up a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I have high hopes in life and hoping to land for a life that my parents have patterned for me. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way they were planned and I started to be frustrated.

Is life suppose to be this hard? I think so.

So here are the checklists I have provided for newly grads peeps out there who are still in bliss and are taking their time off after grad. If you are still not sure of what to do with your life, might as well think about it this early before it’s too late.

1. Contemplate on what you love to do.

Do what you love and everyday is a holiday – Paulo Coehlo

This is so true! Money is not everything. Money can give you happiness when used correctly but if this is your only motivation, the happiness is temporary. You can get tired easily, age more and there is more tendency of health breakdown. You wouldn’t want to work and spend them on your medicines and other health issues right?

As early as now, find that thing that you love and learn how to improve and enhance it so you can earn a living from it.

2. Learn how to decide on your own.

It’s time to say goodbye to your mom’s decision making skills and start to develop your own. You may listen to their opinions but always remember, the last words should still come from you. At the end of the day, it’s your life and not theirs.

3. Take Risks

When you are younger, you are innocent and ignorant of all the negative things in the world. And so, younger people are risky and they seek adventure. Use that into your advantage. If you are not contended with what you have, explore, take risks. Better do stupid things now than regret it in the future.

Learn from one mistake to another. Learn how to bounce back after failure. Never be afraid to fail at least you have tried your best. Experience will still be the best teacher.

4. Have a Goal for the Next 5 Years.

This must have been one of my regrets in my life. I forgot to set a goal for the next 5 years and when I graduated. Sure, I have tried many things, failed once in a while but I never put a time frame in it.

Make sure you have it so you can never be lost. Go from one direction to another but never set aside time especially if you are a procrastinator like me, you’ll never know that you have wasted more time that you thought. If plan A doesn’t work out, you still have letters B-Z to work on. Don’t give up.

5. Learn From other People

Look for a person who can be your idol. A person you can look up to and hope that soon, you can be like them or list down people and know what you like about them and focus on the things that you admire in them.

Chat with people who have enough experience and learn from what life have taught them.
Never be intimated with they have achieved. Ask questions, always be curious and ask them what is the best advice they can give you as a neophyte.

Remember, always be humble but never feel you are inferior for fear won’t do you any good.

Never be blinded by the negative as well. People have flaws and no one is perfect. Focus on their good side, not on their imperfections.

As early as now, know what you want to do in the future so you can have a clearer view of yourself 10,15 or 20 years from now.