Life After Graduation: What They Don't Tell You

There are many things we come to expected about life after graduation. You get your degree, you look for a job to start paying off loan debt, or perhaps you look ahead to postgraduate programs. While these things are commonplace, some things happen after you graduate that you didn't count on. To help you prepare, here is a list of a few things you might not have known about or considered.

You Will Have Multiple Jobs

It isn't impossible to land the job of your dreams right after school, but it is very rare. That means that, for awhile, you'll feel like you're floundering the working world. You may take a job that you like okay or a job that you hate in order to pay bills, and that's perfectly alright. There's an obnoxious stereotype enforced on graduates that say they know what they want to do or where they want to be. If that's the case, then good for you! Hopefully, you can achieve that since you have the layout. However, if you're uncertain of a career path, you aren't alone. Take it one step at a time, and you'll get to a good place eventually.

Making Friends is Incredibly Difficult

Without the setting of a classroom, which we become accustomed to for over twenty years of living, it's hard to meet people. You can certainly make friends in the workplace, but not everyone does. I for one work in a  small firm and, while I get along with my coworkers, we aren't going out for drinks on Friday nights. The absolute best you can do to friends as an adult is to put yourself in situations where you're surrounded by like-minded people your age, or to attend parties where you can engage with friends of friends.

You Won't See People Nearly As Much

In college, we get used to living with or at least very close to our friends. Outside of school, this won't be the case. Maybe you'll still room with friends from college, but ultimately, you won't be around your friends nearly as much. Furthermore, between varying work schedules and outside conflicts, you just won't see your friends as often. However, being aware of this issue, you can try to set times to see one another when your schedules allow for it.This may come off as negative, but try not to worry. Being thrust into the "real" world is a kind of jarring experience, especially after having the comfort of school all your life, but being prepared will help you overcome these things. You aren't alone if you come out of graduation feeling insecure or intimidated or confused; there's no shame in taking time to figure yourself out. Life, like school, is a learning experience, some things for the better and some for the worse. You're on your own to shape your life, but you aren't alone in feeling the way you do. Take it bit by bit, and you'll get there at your own pace.